The intentional modification of plants in order to use them as food or raw material has shaped our culture for over 10,000 years. The harvest crown is one expression of this. The needs that define our breeding objects, as well as our breeding objectives, replace the biological selection pressure. A current example of new crops is a line of dandelion, which allows a good yield of rubber from its roots.
Through our understanding of biological processes, the resulting possibilities to change them and the associated responsibility for future generations, the question arises, which handling of crop plants we feel is desirable? Which needs are decisive for us? How do these needs and the principles that are inherent in biological processes, such as mutation and evolution and their systemic dependencies, come together? Who takes over which tasks in the implementation in our society?
From June to August 2019, we will run a series of workshops on the topic of crops, which are currently being conceptualised by Stefan Schwabe and Jannis Hülsen.