Category — Seeds
Around the world, plant breeders are resisting what they see as corporate control of the food supply by making seeds available for other breeders to use.
By Rachel Cernansky
Morton, however, argues waiting the 20 years for a patent to expire is no way to encourage innovation, and waiting that long to breed crops that can adapt to changing conditions is a losing battle. Even that misses the main point for Morton, though: genetic resources have always belonged to the commons, and should continue to be a public good, he says. “[Independent plant breeders] have neither the time nor money for such formalities, and monetary incentives are not what move us.
February 3, 2017 Comments Off on How “Open Source” Seed Producers From The U.S. To India Are Changing Global Food Production
Harold Steves’ family has been involved in B.C. agriculture for more than 130 years, and with his collection of rare locally-adapted seeds, he hopes to remain so well into the future.
By Matt Meuse
Aug 22, 2016
One of Steves’ most popular plants is the alpha tomato, which dates back to the original Steves catalogue from 1877, bred to thrive in Lower Mainland soil and weather. According to Steves, it blooms a week earlier than other varieties, and produces red tomatoes a full month earlier.
Another point of pride in Steves’ collection is the black Russian sunflower. Steves believes he may be the only source of seeds for this particular strain in the world.
September 1, 2016 Comments Off on Longtime City Councillor’s Seed Collection Preserves The Roots Of British Columbia’s Agriculture
About 95 per cent of plants growing in the Indigenous community garden are indigenous to southern Ontario.
Wilfrid Laurier University
During sessions at Aboriginal Student House, participants have learned how to use those plants to make products including ointments, soap, lip balm, mouthwash and laundry detergent.
Sourcing Indigenous knowledge is key to the garden project. Anderson, an associate professor of Indigenous Studies, works with knowledge-keepers from local Indigenous communities, including members of Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, and shares that knowledge in helping grow the garden. She also teaches a course at Laurier’s Brantford campus called “The Medicine Garden,” which provides students the opportunity to earn academic credit while learning in the garden.
July 12, 2016 Comments Off on Indigenous community garden at Wilfrid Laurier University
“Local food systems and farms that are growing for the local market can manage for the best flavor, choose the varieties that have the best flavor, and get it to your table within hours or a few days so that flavor is still there,” Dawson said.
July 7, 2016
“If you’re getting vegetables from a local farmer, often those have the best flavor, and so you want to eat more, and that in itself will improve people’s health,” said Dawson in the Here And Now report.
This niche of agricultural production is called peri-urban, in which the food’s consumers are based in a specific populated area. Peri-urban areas are transitional zones where rural and urban land uses and development characteristics mix — characteristics one often finds at the edges of growing metropolitan areas. In agricultural terms, that means farms “that are primarily marketing to urban areas,” as Dawson explained in the September 15, 2014 edition of the UW Ag Podcast.
July 8, 2016 Comments Off on University of Wisconsin-Extension Project Looks To Breed Fruit And Veggie Options For Urban Markets
“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.
March 23, 2016 Comments Off on ‘SEED: The Untold Story’ is having its World Premiere in Washington D.C. March 25
Seedy Saturdays a feature in many Canadian cities
February 13, 2016
For the 16th year in a row, the NDG Food Depot is hosting its annual seedy weekend event at the Botanical Garden.
They’re expecting 4,000 visitors and this year people can buy and exchange seeds. There are also free workshops.
“I like to be in nature, it’s good for the health and very interesting to plant something and look at it growing out.
That’s pretty cool,” said gardener Nathalie Clavel.
February 14, 2016 Comments Off on Montreal’s Seedy Saturday opens the gardening season
Syria’s civil war prompted the first withdrawal of seeds from the vault in September, following a request by the International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA). Reuters/Anna Filipova
By Gwladys Fouche
Dec 15, 2015
Two new consignments of crop seeds will be deposited next year in the “doomsday vault” built in an Arctic mountainside to safeguard global supplies
The vault – which opened on the Svalbard archipelago between Norway and the North pole in 2008 – is designed to protect crop seeds such as beans, rice and wheat against the worst cataclysms of nuclear war or disease.
December 15, 2015 Comments Off on Norway’s Doomsday Arctic seed vault to receive two deposits in 2016
Another readily available atomic mutant Paige Johnson mentions is the ‘Rio Star’ grapefruit, “which accounts for 75% of the grapefruit production in Texas … bred solely to produce flesh and juice that is more red in color than previous varieties.”
2 Oct, 2015
Have you ever seen a strangely misshapen tomato growing in your vegetable garden? A uniquely pigmented plant in your backyard that’s just not like others, able to thrive even in the harshest of seasons? There’s a very good chance that it could be an atomic heirloom from a forgotten atomic garden of the 1950s and 60s.
November 29, 2015 Comments Off on Backyard Atomic Gardens of the 1960s and their Undocumented Legacy
“Probably the most famous commercial heirloom is the Moon and Stars watermelon.”
By Amy Goldman
Published Oct. 27 2015
On two hundred acres in the Hudson Valley, Amy Goldman grows heirloom fruits and vegetables–an orchard full of apples, pears, and peaches; plots of squash, melons, cabbages, peppers, tomatoes, eggplants, and beets. The president of the New York Botanical Garden has called her “perhaps the world’s premier vegetable gardener.” It’s her life’s work, and she’s not only focused on the pleasures of cultivating the land and feeding her family–she’s also interested in preserving our agricultural heritage, beautiful and unique heirlooms that truly are organic treasures.
November 26, 2015 Comments Off on Heirloom Harvest: Modern Daguerreotypes of Historic Garden Treasures
As the weather becomes increasingly unpredictable due to climate change, plant breeders face the monumental challenge of ensuring that crops will be able to thrive under constantly shifting conditions.
By Nelson Harvey
September 28, 2015
Sunflowers are the world’s second-most cultivated hybrid seed crop (after corn), and sunflower oil is a dietary staple in China, Russia, Ukraine, and Argentina, to name but a few countries. Though U.S. farms represent just 3 percent of global sunflower production, the plant is native to North America. In other words, the wild genetic material that breeders need to adapt the crop for future uncertainty is found almost exclusively on our soil.
October 1, 2015 Comments Off on Meet the Scientists Hunting and Saving Wild Sunflower Seeds
The Center house the largest repository of plant and animal genetic material in the world.
Story by Moni Basu, CNN
Video by Jackson Loo, CNN
Aug 26, 2015
Thousands of miles away in Fort Collins, Colorado, is McLean’s support battalion, the genetic experts at the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation.
The center, often called the Fort Knox of the genetic world, looks like another nondescript building on the Colorado State University campus, but it’s designed to withstand fierce tornadoes and terrorist attacks and houses the largest repository of plant and animal genetic material in the world.
September 2, 2015 Comments Off on National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation helping save citrus
We offer 41 varieties of 100% organic non-GMO seeds for the pinnacle of delicious and nutritious
Excerpt from press release:
The Seedsheet is an ideally designed, pre-fab garden including seeds and soil that’s embedded within a weed barrier sheet. With a simple unfurling, a customer can lay their Seedsheet atop soil and effectively start an entire garden, as easily as making their own bed, in less than a minute. It is truly “plug and plant.” No measuring, no seeding, and no weeding.
July 23, 2015 Comments Off on Seedsheet
Bangli Prison Organic Farm is the main producer of organic food seeds distributed to regional farmers by the local nongovernment IDEP Foundation
By Ade Andreawan
Apr 27, 2015
On the inside of Bangli Prison in central Bali, seeds of life are transforming inmates in a correctional revolution of wellbeing not only for health of the prisoners, but the birth of a pioneering food-seed social enterprise — possibly a world-first in prison reform models — providing nourishment for tens of thousands across Bali, and strengthening Indonesia’s food sovereignty in the process.
Bangli Prison Organic Farm, supported by an Indonesian donor-funded team of permaculture and community development experts, is the main producer of organic food seeds distributed to regional farmers by the local nongovernment IDEP Foundation.
May 30, 2015 Comments Off on The Real Seeds of Change Are Being Planted by Offenders in Balinese Prisons
It airs on Friday, May 8 on HBO at 11pm EST
Hosted by Isobel Yeung
The full episode will be available on HBO On Demand and HBO Go.
Genetically modified seeds have been planted around the world and hailed as a solution to global hunger. But these crops, called GMOs (genetically modified organisms) have also sparked heated protest around the world. VICE Correspondent Isobel Yeung traces the path of these super-crops from the headquarters of American agribusiness titan Monsanto to the soy fields of Paraguay.
May 7, 2015 Comments Off on ‘GMOs… Savior Seeds?’ – episode of VICE on HBO
Directed Sandy McLeod
Produced By JD Marlow, Emily Triantaphyllis, Chiemi Karasawa
A perfect storm is brewing as agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler races against time to protect the future of our food. Gene banks of the world are crumbling, crop failures are producing starvation inspired rioting, and the accelerating effects of climate change are already affecting farmers globally. But Fowler’s journey, and our own, is just beginning. From Rome to Russia and, finally, a remote island under the Arctic Circle, his passionate and personal journey may hold the key to saving the one resource we cannot live without: our seeds.
April 10, 2015 Comments Off on ‘Seeds of Time’ Documentary Opening in Theaters on May 22