Category Archives: Seeds

75 Percent of Food Diversity Lost in Last Century

The average person, roaming supermarket aisles with their trolley, is under the impression that our modern globalised food production system, despite being damaging in every other respect, brings one major benefit to consumers — that being more food choices.

Wrong.

It’s a myth. The corporate takeover of agriculture is seeing a rapid and systematic decline in seed and crop diversity, as they seek to standardise all aspects of global food trade. This means that plants that have been developed and optimised for specific micro-climates and soil conditions over thousands of years are vanishing — fast, and forever.

That’s what makes the work of Stephan Fayon, who directs an international seed bank in Auroville, India, so significant. Check out this inspiring clip on his work:

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Dynamic Seed Exchanges for the World

Exchanging seeds and other planting material, formally and informally, is nothing new. This is how societies have been adding new food, fibres and medicines to their cultures over centuries.

Every culture has incorporated new genes and foreign varieties into their own strains.

In developing countries, formal seed exchanges are either proven ancient seed systems or have been re-invented to counteract the damaging effects of the Green Revolution. Millions of farmers have seen a decrease in their standard of living due to the costly inputs that modern hybrids require. Parallel to this, in the developed nations, more and more holistic gardeners and farmers are searching for pre-hybrid varieties and setting up community seed exchanges.

As a result, a wide range of non-profit, community-based organisations, working with seeds and people have sprung up worldwide.

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