This article discusses how a scientist empowers farmers to breed their own seeds, as an alternative to using seeds developed by multinational agribusinesses.
If you’re a farmer, there’s an easy way to obtain seeds, and there’s a hard way.
The easy way is to purchase seeds from a large agribusiness company. Such companies sell seeds with stable genetic characteristics, which means they reliably produce the same variety each year.
The hard way is to use a technique called evolutionary crop breeding. Using this method, farmers plant seeds containing a high level of genetic diversity. They observe which plants thrive in the local conditions. Then, the farmers collect seeds from the best-performing plants to sow during the next season.