OPEN POLLENATED SEED
An interesting article appeared in the current issue of Allotment & Leisure Gardening concerning the loss of a lot of open pollenated seeds. These seeds were native to the UK and our unique climate and the seed could be saved every year. Seed production is being carried out over seas in Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. Today Brassica, sweetcorn, courgettes, cucumber, and spinach range the choice of open pollenated varieties has been reduced to just a few varieties. Open pollenated varieties have been deliberately neglected ,making them inferior ,to pave the way for hybrids. Is it acceptable that seed companies hold excusive rights and access through patents and seed laws to such an important resource as the seed for our food.
There’s a lot more to this article I have just chosen one of the main issues. It does make you think about the loss of some of our varieties that evolved in this some times frustrating climate of ours, take the Runner Bean open pollenated and except for frost stands up to every thing our climate throws at them.
What do you think?