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ONGOING RESEARCH

There is research in progress on the written page and in the wheat field. This section of the site is to keep you abreast of the most recent developments.

  May, 2014  

A paper entitled "Seeds, Law and Identity: Conserving Biodiversity" presented at the IUAES conference in Chiba City, Japan on May 16, 2014. The authors of the paper are Linda Davis-Stephens and Demetria Stephens (the presenter).

This paper examines seeds' role in sustaining civilizations and asserts that the basis for food security is seed saving. It follows the history of wheat and peoples, focusing on personal experience growing landrace "Turkey" Hard Red Winter Wheat. The Turkey Red story of 140 years ago has been called a myth. It is part of a developing business model for future seed savers that encourages diverse and locally saved seed supplies. That model is being threatened by patenting seeds today, which limits the availability of seed and the role of seed savers. The paper documents attempts for the development of a biological open source license. The license would work toward preservation of seeds and an indigenous knowledge base for future generations.

An edited version of the presentation is shown below:

The Powerpoint for the presentation can be found here.

   
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