Recently the African American Museum and Library at Oakland (AAMLO) rededicated the space allowed for its new and improved seed library. This idea of seed sharing and back to the earth ideas evoke images of 60s flower children and forest communes. For those of us older than fifty who among us cannot remember a visit to grandma’s and the unbelievably delicious foods she cooked with vegetables and fruits from her prized garden. Oh my!
Today, nostalgia has been replaced by practicality when it comes to access to fresh fruits and vegetables, especially people who live in inner city neighborhoods that often do not have grocery stores that stock healthy foods. Add to that the spectre of untested genetically modified vegetables that are at this moment in the produce section of your favorite market.
Many of us are unaware that multinational corporations have tried to copyright or otherwise gain legal ownership of certain kinds of seeds. If