Thus far, the government of Mozambique has dutifully reformed its seed laws to conform, creating obstacles to the kinds of real solutions – to hunger, poverty, and climate change – farmers in Marracuene are creating for themselves.
Gary Nabhan has taken the fight to the corporate seed merchants through the local food movement and seed saving community.
Bring up the topic of seeds and Nabita Goud sits up a little straighter and begins to talk animatedly.
In Meghalaya, indigenous women are keepers of the seeds that form the foundation of their food sovereignty, a conscious choice by small food producers to define their unique food systems and culture.
Nadimidoddi Vinodamma, ably helped by her husband Vinayappa, is modest about her achievement. Surrounded by a bewildering array of jowar, bajra, ragi, red gram, green gram, til, sama, korra, and other food crops in the midst of their land, Vinodamma talks quietly about how she is merely using knowledge handed down over generations, trusting the land and traditional seeds.
The inclusive, horizontal and autonomous network Red Semillas Libres Chile aims to preserve the cultural heritage that is our seed stock and to combat genetically-modified seeds and monocultures.
The miracle of a seed is that this tiny little thing holds within itself the potential to recreate a whole individual plant or tree.
Seed swaps are great ways to learn about local seeds, build community around seed sharing, and show support for the Save Seed Sharing movement.
In 2015 it shouldn’t be a radical notion to want to move beyond colonialism and make sure farmers can keep control of the resources needed to grow food to feed their communities.
Seeds are the forgotten heroes of food—and of life itself.
Have you ever saved seeds, joined a local seed swap or contributed to a seed library?
In 2004, Ken Greene was working as a librarian in Gardiner, New York when he decided to go beyond the bounds of his own personal garden and take his passion for seed saving into a more public, community-based arena.