Archive for January, 2010

I just received a seed catalogue in the mail today from Southern Exposure Seed Exchange.  It is an 88-page celebration of the diversity of food crop seeds.  These seeds have been selected because of their unique character and because without the actions of folks like SESE, these varieties of plants would be at risk of disappearing forever.  Over 97% of all the varieties of commercial food crops grown at the turn of the 20th century have disappeared.  This is primarily because we have moved away from local production of food on small-scale, local farms and followed a model of consolidation, efficiency and transportation-based agriculture.  This system does not tolerate diversity.  (more…)


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