The more plants there are to mix, the more combinations are made, and the more opportunities there are to create better plants. Even some breeders who work for the companies that are doing the patenting still believe in-indeed, long for-the ability to exchange seed.
"It's this collective sharing of material that improves the whole crop over time," Myers told me. "If you're not exchanging germplasm, you're cutting your own throat.
"Fares are only 70 of the game," he says. "The fare doesn't always include a seat assignment, change fees, and what you might consider reasonable boarding. It doesn't always include checked baggage or even carry-on bags sometimes.