I am very concerned after reading this letter
As many of you know I have become an enthusiastic seed saver, and frequenter of seed exchanges. I feel that gardening and saving seeds have numerous benefits, including better nutrition, exercise, meditation, social benefits and more. After reading this letter I'm concerned about supporting the Seed Savers Exchange, as they may no longer have the same values that I have. I am deeply concerned regarding the patenting of genetic material, which in my opinion should be part of the world's common wealth, and not owned by a corporate entity, and hence made unavailable to people generally. Steps taken by Monsanto and others to prevent the saving of seed, by all farmers, rich or poor is despicable. I've been enthusiastic about the seed preservation happening at Svalbard. And yet now I read that it's possible that this may just become a resource for income from the patenting of genetic material by the likes of Monsanto.