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UK: Greater Manchester community garden installs round the clock CCTV cameras for protection

Big Lottery funding provided £9,850 cash for round the clock monitoring and lighting

By Saiqa Chaudhari
Bolton News
Jn 25, 2017

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The community garden in Halliwell, Bolton is used by disabled people and their families, as well as children who benefit from therapy animals, but visitors say it is for the benefit of everyone.

It also helps people in the community develop skills and increase their confidence.

Good Companions, which is run by volunteers and funded entirely through donations, has been targeted by thieves on a number of occasions recently.

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How “Open Source” Seed Producers From The U.S. To India Are Changing Global Food Production

Independent plant breeder Frank Morton selects lettuce seed in his breeding nursery. Photo by Karen Morton.

Around the world, plant breeders are resisting what they see as corporate control of the food supply by making seeds available for other breeders to use.

By Rachel Cernansky
Ensia
Dec 12,2016

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Morton, however, argues waiting the 20 years for a patent to expire is no way to encourage innovation, and waiting that long to breed crops that can adapt to changing conditions is a losing battle. Even that misses the main point for Morton, though: genetic resources have always belonged to the commons, and should continue to be a public good, he says. “[Independent plant breeders] have neither the time nor money for such formalities, and monetary incentives are not what move us.

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