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‘SEED: The Untold Story’ is having its World Premiere in Washington D.C. March 25

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“Seed is not just the source of life. It is the very foundation of our being.” – Vandana Shiva

Taggart Siegel, Director
Marc Turtletaub, Executive Producer
Marisa Tomei, Executive Producer
Jon Betz, Director
Taggart Siegel, Director

SEED: The Untold Story is a feature-length documentary featuring Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbell, and Winona LaDuke, following passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000-year old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food.

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March 23, 2016   Comments Off on ‘SEED: The Untold Story’ is having its World Premiere in Washington D.C. March 25

Community Garden Safe From Development for Another Year in Washington, DC

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hstrWylie Street Garden.

Byrne, who has tended plants in the 16-plot garden since 2006, met with Brewer after securing more than 230 supporters in a petition to “preserve the last green block on H St. corridor.”

By Tim Regan
HillNow
March 15, 2016

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A campaign to preserve the garden started in September of 2014 when the property was enhanced with a large for sale sign. Research from the campaign discovered the garden could mitigate one inch of storm water to support the efforts by DDOE in cleaning Anacostia. Research also determined the long term values Wylie garden could do for the community:

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Perspective: City farming needs monitoring

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andyAndrew A. Meharg.

In general, fruit and vegetables produced in city environments contain more undesirable substances than rural produce.

Andrew A. Meharg
Nature: International Weekly Journal of Science
March 16, 2016
Andrew A. Meharg is a plant and soil scientist at Queen’s University Belfast, UK.

Excerpt:

It may be possible to build new cities that avoid the current contamination issues. But in existing cities, where urban farming is an afterthought, some lateral thinking is required to give urban agriculture a future. Growing non-food crops such as textile fibre plants, biomass crops and timber would make use of urban and suburban waste land, green the city, recycle waste water and biosolids, and produce crops that currently take up rural land that is ideal for food production.

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