If the Elon Musk invented Seeds™, Wired magazine would write an edgy but optimistic special feature marvelling at the array of environmental sensors, and the never before seen Solar Powered Nano-Scale Self Replicating Sentient Carbon Processing Technology
If the Elon Musk invented seeds; a bumper crop of patents would flourish and Seed, Seeds, S.E.E.D, plus any conceivable name variant would be trademarked internationally in a thicket of intellectual property law
If Elon Musk invented seeds, he would build the biggest cannon ever conceived of to aim at mars and blast billions of them at the red planet
Posted on EVANNEX on March 19, 2020 by Matt Pressman
March 19, 2020 is the first day of spring, and also ‘Plant a Seed Day.’
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Above: Kimbal Musk explains Plant a Seed Day (YouTube: Big Green)
The possibilities for better crops to do the heavy lifting against hunger are endless: saline-tolerant rice that withstands more extreme and frequent floods, drought-resistant maize and wheat that secures food amid water scarcity, and faster-growing, early-maturing varieties that increase the growing season for those who depend on agriculture for their livelihoods.
While neither money nor research alone will “solve” hunger, they can catalyze systematic change on a global scale and significantly reduce the number of people who are starving or chronically malnourished. As a result, those currently at most risk from short-term food crises will also have a stronger starting position and be better placed to cope with temporary food shortages.
Within these genebanks, researchers have already identified a gene in wild potatoes that could help breed modern varieties to withstand late blight, the world’s most damaging disease for potato crops. Eliminating losses caused by crop disease would immediately generate more food, income, and opportunities to reduce chronic hunger without needing more land, resources, or food aid.
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Genebanks, which are repositories for genetic material, represent the biological foundation of global food systems, past, present, and future. They are the equivalent of our agricultural intellectual property, and they essentially offer open-source, patent-free “code” for crop breeders anywhere in the world–or potentially other planets–to develop varieties that are more resilient and nutritious and need less water and land.
A recent Twitter conversation between the UN’s David Beasley and Tesla’s Elon Musk has shown that hunger is deceptively complex. There is a crucial difference between acute hunger, caused by shocks like war or natural disasters, and chronic hunger, which occurs when agricultural production (and distribution) fails to keep pace with threats such as soil degradation, erratic rainfall, or heatwaves, or when poverty renders food unaffordable.
Extreme events are forcing corporations to think like insurers