Papers on Bioleft

Cremaschi, A. & van Zwanenberg, P. (2020) Bioleft: Open Source Seeds for Low-Input Farming Systems, Journal of Fair Trade, Vol. 2(1): 39–44

Van Zwanenberg, P., Cremaschi, A., Obaya, M., Marin, A. & Lowenstein, V. (2018): Seeking unconventional alliances and bridging innovations in spaces for transformative change: the seed sector and agricultural sustainability in Argentina, Ecology and Society, Vol. 23(3), 11

Papers on open source seeds

Kotschi J, Horneburg B (2018) The Open Source Seed Licence: A novel approach to safeguarding access to plant germplasm. PLoS Biol 16(10): e3000023.

Luby CH, Goldman IL (2016) Freeing Crop Genetics through the Open Source Seed Initiative. PLoS Biol 14(4): e1002441.

Kloppenburg, Jack (2014) Re-purposing the master’s tools: the open source seed initiative and the struggle for seed sovereignty (pdf), The Journal of Peasant Studies, 41:6, 1225-1246

Aoki, Keith (2009): “Free Seeds, Not Free Beer”: Participatory Plant Breeding, OpenSource Seeds, and Acknowledging User Innovation in Agriculture


Papers on seed industry

Marin, A. and Van Zwanenberg, P. (2020). Transforming agriculture for sustainable development: an exploration of alternative practices in Argentina. Working paper.

Marin, Anabel (2015). Los dueños de las plantas: ¿Quién decide? ¿Cómo se decide? (“Plant owners: Who decide? How do they decide?”) Iberoamericana, 15(58).

Marin, Anabel (2015). El futuro de las semillas y la agricultura en América Latina (“The future of seeds and agriculture in Latin America”). Ciencia e investigación 65-3.

Howard, P. H. (2015): Intellectual Property and Consolidation in the Seed Industry (pdf). Crop Sci. 55:2489-2495.


Blog posts on Bioleft

Van Zwanenberg, P. and Marin, A (2018): Bioleft: experimenting with open source seed innovation in Argentina, STEPS Centre – Pathways to sustainability Blog, 6 June 2018.

Cremaschi, A., van Zwanenberg, P. & Marin, A.  (2019) Experimentation to action: How Bioleft is helping to grow an open source seed culture, STEPS Centre – Pathways to Sustainability Blog, 3 October 2019.

Fressoli M., van Zwanenberg P. and Marin A. (2018): From digital commons to nurturing social relationships: How to practice open source ideas with seeds?, STEPS Centre – Pathways to sustainability Blog,  1 November 2018.


Media articles on seed industry

Bioleft: Beyond an open source seed system. By Almendra Cremaschi, Patrick van Zwanenberg, Anabel Marín, Marcela Basch and Vanesa Lowenstein. XRDS – ACM Magazine for Students, summer issue 2020.

Los dueños de las semillas: ¿quién decide? (“Seed owners: who decide?”) By Anabel Marín.  Página/12, 21 de agosto de 2016.

¿Qué pasa si se va Monsanto?  (“What happens if Monsanto leaves?”) By Anabel Marín.  Página/12, 3 de julio de 2016.

Maldición para el desarrollo  (“Curse to development”) By Anabel Marín. Página/12, 3 de abril de 2016.