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Johannes Kotschi

Founding member of the NGO Association for AgriCulture and Ecology (Agrecol)

Founding member of the NGO Association for AgriCulture and Ecology (Agrecol)

Johannes Kotschi

Biography

Johannes Kotschi is an agricultural scientist and independent consultant, with a focus on sustainable management of agricultural biodiversity, supply of agricultural seeds and organic plant breeding. He is a founding member of the NGO, Agrecol, and manages the service provider OpenSourceSeeds.

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For millennia, crop seeds have been a common good. Around the globe, crops have been cultivated, enhanced and bred by farmers, which has led to a rich diversity of crop varieties. However, over the past 70 years, plant genetic resources in agriculture have been increasingly privatised, which has been made possible by intellectual property rights such as patents and plant variety protection; market concentration has been an inevitable consequence.

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