In this video from his talk at The Long Now Foundation in 2009, Michael Pollan discusses the feasibility of genetically engineered crops designed to support sustainable agricultural systems.
“The real key to genetic engineering is control of intellectual property of the food crops that we depend on,” said Pollan. “If we had open source genetic engineering, if we had genetic engineering that was really being applied to making the system more sustainable, rather than more brittle, which is essentially to what it’s doing, I’m open to learning about it.”
The lack of freedom to study the research or to test the products of companies like Monsanto, also underscores the need for open source genetic engineering.
For more ideas on open source food, check out Hacking the Food System: From Proprietary to Open Design and Open Source Food at FOOD 2.0.
// Cover image by Jono Hey