The case for seed saving

Danielle Nierenberg at Food Tank writes, in that organisation’s e-newsletter, about the case for seed saving. ‘There are roughly 100,000 global plant varieties endangered in the world. Extreme weather events, over-exploitation of ecosystems, habitat loss, and a lack of public awareness threaten future plant biodiversity. Conservation techniques, such as the creation of seed banks and seed exchanges among farmers, gardeners, and even nations, play an important role in preserving ancient, heirloom varieties of important food crops.’

Ms Nierenberg then tells us about 15 Seed Saving Initiatives Protecting Biodiversity for Future Generations.

I like Food Tank. Ms Nierenberg and her colleague Ellen Gustafson talk good sense.

[Edit] Most of these resources avoid genetically modified seeds. Those are GM seeds, also called genetically engineered or GE seeds. But Food Tank lists at least one seed saving initiative which promotes GM – the World Vegetable Center (AVRDC). Here’s the AVRDC’s Position Paper on GM Vegetables. In response to comments on the Food Tank article, Ms Nierenberg says that she likes what the AVRDC people are doing.

[Edit] The Food Tank article asks for information about more seed saving initiatives. That article won’t let me comment without joining Facebook, which I don’t want to do. So I’ll say here what I’d have said there. Here in Britain, rare vegetable varieties are conserved at the Heritage Seed Library.

About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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5 Responses to The case for seed saving

  1. Pingback: The repentant environmentalist in his own words | Science on the Land

  2. Tony says:

    As everything we now cherish, could be gone almost in the blink of an eye, projects like these are a must. Conservation over degradation every time.

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