The Open Source Seed Initiative was inspired by the open source movement in the tech communities and aims to fight the monopolies that major companies like Monsanto, DuPont and Syngenta have when it comes to commercial seed sales.
When seeds get tied up with patenting, licensing, and intellectual property concerns, this significantly reduces the varieties gardeners, breeders and farmers have access to. The OSSI initiative launched on April 17th and each seed package is printed with the Open Source Seed Pledge, which states that each pack should be "freely used, sold, bred, and shared, but not legally restricted."
As of now, the Open Source Seed Initiative is offering an introductory pack for $25, which includes zucchini, kale, pepper and lettuce seeds.
The Open Source Seed Initiative Encourages People to Share Seeds Freely
Laura McQuarrie — April 30, 2014 — Eco
References: opensourceseedinitiative.org & treehugger