I first waited some months, for accessions to be available. At that time, I was told that CIP would send the material to me, basically putting import costs on my tab. When they found out I was in the US, I was told there were restrictions on Andean root and tuber crops (ARTC's), probably due to concerns about biopiracy.
I was of the understanding that patents don't work, in such a way that you could preempt the traditional use of plant life (which, in this particular case, was falling out of vogue.) You either have to develop a unique variety, documenting all your efforts, or you have to find a novel use for the plant material.
I have found and planted yacon, oca, mashua, and potato landraces. I would now be interested in the arrachachas and ullucos.
When we were just married, my wife tried to bring in olluco (same as ulluco). The customs agent at MIA started to tell her very indignantly that you can't bring in papas (potatoes). To which she replied, "no son papas....son ollucos!" That didn't help and they got thrown away anyway We still laugh about it!
PatrickW: What's up with locking the Cultural loss thread?
Jun 27, 2015 14:48:34 GMT -5
rowan: I guess it was locked because it really has nothing to do with this forum.
Jun 28, 2015 3:04:43 GMT -5
Joseph Lofthouse: I locked the "Cultural Loss" thread because I thought that it was off-topic. This is a forum about gardening, farming, homesteading, hunting, mushroom growing, plant breeding, land, and the farmers, homesteaders, and hunters that post to the forum.
Jun 28, 2015 23:28:17 GMT -5
MikeH: Soapbox says "Got something to rant about? Feel free, but play nice." A periodic off-topic post isn't a big deal. Locking topics that are not offensive is. Pls add a sticky so that I don't follow steev into the bushes again. LOL
Jun 29, 2015 3:39:29 GMT -5
PatrickW: I don't necessarily agree, but I can respect the fact that the forum has a policy and a decision was made. It would help a lot if when you locked a thread, you put a brief statement at the end of it explaining the reason.
Jun 29, 2015 4:04:49 GMT -5
PatrickW: Even nicer would be if you tried just politely asking first...
Jun 29, 2015 4:05:42 GMT -5
Joseph Lofthouse: Part of the reason that this forum is so pleasant to visit is because it is moderated. I delete off-topic messages most days.
Jun 29, 2015 17:34:39 GMT -5
Joseph Lofthouse: I typically just delete off-topic posts. Leaving a message that I did so is like poking a hornet's nest with a stick. In this case, it was a token of respect to the participants in the "Cultural Loss" thread that I locked it instead of deleting it.
Jun 29, 2015 17:35:59 GMT -5
steev: MikeH; That was you following me into the bushes? Good thing I don't go packing like Joseph; I thought it was a bear. BTW, you didn't think that topic was offensive? Wow! I try so hard; what a let-down.
Jun 29, 2015 21:09:32 GMT -5
mnjrutherford: Can't leave you guys alone for a second and you are all off being silly! PATRICK! You have been on my mind and I've been wanting to let you know that 1 of the stone pine seeds that you sent us not only germinated but is growing BEAUTIFULLY!
Jun 30, 2015 20:11:46 GMT -5