Save Our Seeds
Today, most seed is conventionally produced in just a few places for global distribution. It is “good enough” but not necessarily adapted to the environmental pressures a specific region faces.
The world has lost 75% of the genetic diversity in food crops in a mere century. As crop diversity diminishes, food crops go extinct and plants lose the ability to adapt to climate change, pests and disease. Genetic patenting of seed (both GMO and hybrid) prevents many farmers from even saving their own seed, and GE pollen drift contaminates non-GMO and organic crops.
Part of a growing movement to relocalize and reclaim stewardship of seed production, Fruition Seeds in upstate New York provides over 100 varieties of certified organic vegetable, grain, herb and flower seeds to Northeast farmers and backyard growers. Each packet comes with seed saving instructions and DIY video tutorials are available at www.fruitionseeds.com.
“It’s important that we produce seed regionally because whether you’re breeding or just growing out, you’re making a choice about what genetics gets passed on,” says Fruition co-owner Matthew Goldfarb. “The work we’re ultimately trying to do is develop regional seed for the Northeast that can deal with climate change and other pressures.”
Toward this end, other regional organic growers partner with Fruition Seeds, mutually buying and selling surplus seed to augment each other’s markets and a few large-scale organic farmers are collaborating with Fruition to develop new varieties.
— Source: The Cultivator, Winter, 2013, Cornucopia Institute