Bioleft aims to guarantee the continuous circulation of germplasm for research and development purposes and to support open and collaborative seed breeding. A key part of the proposal is a legal instrument for the transfer of genetic material (seeds) that ensures that such material will remain freely available for the purposes of research and development and for the registration of new seed varieties. Bioleft functions in parallel with existing intellectual property legislation.
This instrument is flexible in terms of conditions of use, but it will always include a viral clause that ensures that improved seeds, bred from Bioleft material will also be Bioleft, that is, they will also be available for research and development and the registration of new varieties. Another part of the proposal is a web platform to record and map the seed varieties that are transferred, the transfers themselves, and all improvements to those varieties. This platform is essential to support participative breeding processes. With this tool Bioleft will generate a live seed bank, a large source of information, and a network of experimental sites that are potentially much wider than any private network.
As such, Bioleft operates within the paradigm of open and collaborative innovation, which aims to be more efficient, sustainable and democratic than the current closed model used by large companies. .
We seek to promote the exchange of, and to democratize access to, knowledge, increase the availability of more and better seed varieties, in order both to sustain and expand different types of agriculture and to promote food sovereignty.