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Tom Michaels

University of Minnesota and Board of Directors, OSSI
St. Paul, MN
I'm a public sector horticulturist who breeds dry beans for use in organic production systems. Back in the 90s as intellectual property rights were extended to biotech crops I anticipated future seed access issues and proposed General Public License for Plant Germplasm as a protected commons for seeds. Now I'm on the Board of the Open Source Seed Initiative, a group that successfully created and manages that very seed commons through a pledge, not a license.

My Speakers Sessions

Saturday, April 29

09:00 EDT