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Hi Kamran

Thank you for sharing it.
best wishes
Jonathan
On Mar 6, 2016, at 8:23 PM, Kamran Nayeri wrote:

> Thanks, Jonathan. Great article. Here it is on OPITW Kamran
> 
> On Sun, Feb 28, 2016 at 5:56 PM, Jonathan Latham <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Dear Friends and Colleagues
> 
> Published today (Mon 29 Feb 2016) on Independent Science News:
> 
> The Centrality of Seed: Building Agricultural Resilience Through Plant Breeding
> By Salvatore Ceccarelli
> 
> http://www.independentsciencenews.org/un-sustainable-farming/the-centrality-of-seed-building-agricultural-resilience-through-plant-breeding/
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> Synopsis:  Once the exclusive domain of farmers, plant breeding is now often practiced without any meaningful farmer input. The downsides associated with this transition have hardly been explored. They include losses of genetic diversity, local adaptability, plant robustness, flavour, nutritional quality, and many other important crop traits. In particular, commercial seed breeding focuses on the specific needs of chemical agriculture. Commodity crops are thus bred for close spacing and short stature so farmers have to buy more seeds per acre and herbicides to suppress the weeds. GMOs have extended this trend and are even bred to sell specific herbicides. By abandoning seed saving and animal breeding, farmers have thus surrendered control over the long-term direction of agriculture. Its future is now almost exclusively in the hands of the chemical industry while breeding for organic agriculture is almost nonexistent.
> 	But can breeding be returned to farmer control without sacrificing short-term benefits? Salvatore Ceccarelli is a leading international practitioner and proponent of farmer-led participatory and evolutionary plant breeding methods. He works with diverse crops and here describes how even common commercial varieties can be used as the gene pools from which to successfully select high-quality locally-adapted varieties.    
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> Apologies for any cross posting.
> 
> Yours sincerely
> Jonathan
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