Agriculture: IP vs. OSD

There is enough food in the world to feed the world, yet people go hungry everyday. But what if everyone had access to tools that have a role in farming? Open Source Ecology is trying to do just that—make the 50 industrial machines necessary to building civilization from scratch accessible to all. They also focus on making houses and other projects quick and easy to assemble. Having this knowledge available cuts out the middle man and allows anyone to build their own house, in just 5 days! Open Source Ecology makes building houses, and the tools necessary for building and farming, accessible to all. Additionally, Open Source Ecology tries to make the construction business more sustainable by providing plans to create houses and tools from local materials.

Open Agriculture (OpenAg) is an MIT initiative for an open source ecosystem of food technologies to create healthier, more engaging, and more inventive food systems. They are creating computers that will serve as tools for users to experiment, innovate, hack, and grow.

“Every time users grow and harvest, they will contribute to a library of climate recipes that can be borrowed and scaled so that users around the world can gain access to the best and freshest foods. OpenAg is developing an open-source ecosystem that enables and promotes transparency, networked experimentation, education, and local production. Together, we hope to create sustainable, shared systems that will break down the barrier of entry and spark interest, conversation, and maybe even a revolution about the way we view food.”

By making the science behind modern agriculture more accessible, they hope to break down the barrier of entry and put the power of food production back in the hands of the people.

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Header photo: http://www.taxpayer.net/images/uploads/articles/Agriculture_Portfolio_Leica_Geosystems_1766x750.jpg
Open Source Ecology: http://opensourceecology.org/
Open Source Agriculture: http://openag.media.mit.edu/

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