The OSSI Pledge
"You have the freedom to use these OSSI- Pledged seeds in any way you choose. In return, you pledge not to restrict others’ use of these seeds or their derivatives by patents or other means, and to include this Pledge with any transfer of these seeds or their derivatives."
The Open Source Seed Initiative was created by breeders, farmers, and seed companies intent on promoting genetic diversity by keeping plant genetics and seeds free from restrictive patents. The drive by many companies to patent every new variety developed, has created real concerns that can limit sustainable progress.
By purchasing OSSI labeled seeds, you agree to the OSSI pledge shown above and have taken a step toward creating a more viable model for sustainable agricultural. Find out more information on the Open Source Seed Initiative here.