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Second Life Seed and Technology Exchange

Create a non-profit seed exchange program with large agricultural companies like Monsanto to deliver seeds and support to farmers

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

This idea gives new life to second seasons seeds and provides education to framers to help them get their crops to market The idea reduces crop production cost, improves crop resiliency, and provides agricultural education

WHO BENEFITS?

The beneficiaries of this idea are small farmers and there families, US farmers that will gain a market for their unused seeds, and limit law suits by large seed providers. Academics and universities will gain a vast new groups of new research opportunities and test beds.

WHERE WILL YOUR IDEA BE IMPLEMENTED?

This Idea Can Be Implemented Worldwide

ARE YOU IMPLEMENTING IN AN ELIGIBLE COUNTRY?

  • This idea is meant to inspire - I hope someone else takes it on!

EXPERTISE IN SECTOR

  • I do not have experience working in a sector related to my idea

EXPERIENCE IN IMPLEMENTATION COUNTRY(IES)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

Companies like Monsanto have been villainized by many for their involvement with Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s). However, these products offer solutions to food in many countries especially where the lack of water and other natural resources has been jeopardized, and climate change is impacting crops. Large companies have contracts with farmers to buy new seeds each year in order to maximize crop yields. These contracts have been compared to music industries contracts and song sharing websites.  Using crops in a second season reduces crop yields. However, farmers will buy second season seeds to save money.  For companies providing seeds; farmers buying second season seeds is the same as music buyers using sharing sites to get music. Companies sometimes sue farmers that buy these seeds, which does not help their reputations.

By creating a market for these second season seeds with small farmers; seeds designed to produce more resilient crops could be sold to small farm. These farmers could also take advantage of research and education form Monsanto Academics and Universities Program to help them get the product to markets faster and effectively.

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I have tried to post several time but gave up

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