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International Cannabis Movie-Makers Commit to Helping the Mpondo Register Indigenous Landraces as Their Own IP

Strain Hunters claim to find the ultimate TK landrace

The internationally renowned Strain Hunters cannabis documentary-makers have committed themselves to helping the Mpondo community in the Eastern Cape register intellectual property ownership of indigenous Eastern Cape landrace strains.

 

Strain Hunters recently launched their South African Expedition 10 series with an exploration of the most remote parts of former Transkei.  In their trip down the Umzimvubu River, Arjan and his team came across what they described as the “ultimate” Mpondo landrace growing in the sandy soils on the river’s edge.

 

“We can call this genetic ‘Unexpected’ – This is by far the biggest plant we have come across, in terms of both size and nuggets. It’s really getting yield”

 

They also remarked how incredible it was that the plant was growing not so much in conventional soil but river sand.

 

The team collected tissue and seeds from various landrace strains at various altitudes during their trip to take back and analyze in Europe.

 

‘For us, local ownership is important’

“For all of us, what’s really important is that we want to ensure that the ownership of the strains stays with the local people. The ideal situation is if we can register the strains legally in the name of the AmaPondo because it is the most amazing resource”.

 

Main guy said “We are scared that the people are going to be pushed back, because, yeah, when legalization comes, governments grant licenses to a few big companies. 

 

“The only thing we can do is address the issues of the rural growers. We’ve done this in Colombia, St Vincent and Morocco.  The most important thing we can do is bring their story alive and show the world what is happening. Then it’s up to NGO’s or governments to pick it up and say ‘what are we going to do to help solve this problem’.

 

Local landraces under threat from foreign strains

In the three-part series on SA aired on You Tube in December 2020, Strain Hunters said that local landraces were under threat from imported commercial strains and that Exodus was fast-becoming the dominant varietal in the former Transkei.

 

However, it was clear that local Southern African landrace strains had a natural advantage over imported ones, particularly in terms of resistance to drought.  They also noticed how new genetics were emerging from the Eastern Cape, particularly a cross between Sunset Sherbet and Exodus.

3 Responses

  1. RECOLONIZING COMES IN DIFFERENT FORMS…INVESTIGATE ARJAN AND STRAINHUNTERS WHO ARE MONEY HUNGRY THIEVES WHO HAVE STOLEN GENETICS FROM AFRICA FOR DECADES…INVESTIGATE THE ROLE OF B.O.S.S AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE WEED INDUSTRY IN AMSTERDAM…THE SOUTH AFRICAN CONNECTION

  2. INVESTIGATE THE STRAINHUNTERS AND ARJAN WHO IS A MONEY HUNGRY BULLSHIT ARTIST…THEY HAVE BEEN STEALING AFRICAN GENETICS FOR DECADES IN THE GUISE OF BEING ROBIN HOODS…INVESTIGATE B.O.S.S AND THE AMSTERDAM CONNECTION

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