Advantages for the environment

A return to resistance breeding. Plant breeding clubs would lead to a return to the resistance breeding that was taken for granted before 1900.

Exponential increase in plant breeding expertise and activity. Plant breeding clubs would lead to an exponential increase in the total plant breeding expertise and activity. This increase would be comparable to the exponential increase that we are witnessing now in both computer literacy and the use of the Internet.

Widespread reduction in pesticide use. There would also be a widespread reduction in the use of crop protection chemicals, with a corresponding reduction in environmental hazards.

Improved bio-diversity. An abundance of competing cultivars would provide a greatly improved bio-diversity. This diversity would occur between crops rather than within crops. Nevertheless, it is fundamental ecological principle that diversity provides stability (see 1.14).

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