“A new film, ‘The Farmer, the Architect and the Scientist’ tells the story of a seed hero. Dr Debal Deb is a pioneering ecologist committed to working with traditional farmers in eastern India to conserve indigenous seed diversity. Over almost two decades, Debal has managed to save 920 varieties of rice, all of which he stores in community based seed banks in West Bengal and Odisha for farmers. This film follows the construction of a new seed bank premises in Odisha, a venture that provides a potent symbol of Debal’s values.
As we saw in Seeds of Freedom, small-scale traditional farmers and their rich diversity of locally adapted seed varieties are being written out of the story of seed. They are the victims of an aggressive global lobbying effort, designed to convince a world terrified about food security that the corporatization of the global food system, involving transgenic seeds, is the only way to feed the world.
But there are those who dispute this narrative – seed heroes, men and women, from around the world – who understand that the key to a healthy food system lies in maintaining the immense local and regional bio-cultural diversity of seeds and traditional farming methods. Their work to uphold farmland and community resilience and health has never been more important.”
“we learn from the seed renewal
we learn from the seed generosity
we learn from the seed multiplicity
we learn from the seed diversity”
“The buried foundations of food and future-food are slowly disappearing. Environmental journalist Simran Sethi takes us beneath our plates to explore the erosion of what we grow and eat. Through an exploration of agricultural biodiversity, seed monocultures and consolidation, and the small-scale farmers who continue to grow much of the world’s food, Simran explains what we all can do to ensure the security and sovereignty of our seed and food.”
The Seed Savers Exchange‘s mission statement is, “Passing on seed-saving knowledge is at the heart of Seed Savers Exchange’s mission to save the world’s diverse, but endangered garden heritage.” Here is a link to their 2013 webinar series and their archives.
Thursday, April 25, 2013 7:00 P.M. – 8:30 P.M Ruth Vine Tyler Library 8041 South Wood Street (55 West) Midvale, Utah 84047
If you’d like to discuss seed saving, gardening, open pollinated and heirloom plants, find out if others have seeds/plants you are interested in, please join our yahoo group 🙂