SOS: Save Our Seeds!
“There’s a fundamental lack of awareness about seeds and saving them” writes Sophie Gore Browne, which can be attributed to our contemporary shift away from small-scale farming operations to larger, monoculture farming set ups. And with this transition, there has been a dramatic decline in seed biodiversity. In fact, according to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) we have experienced a loss of 75 percent of genetic diversity in plants across the globe since the 1900s. However, as Sophie Gore Browne writes, this has compelled many to explore the value of landraces and their cultural heritage. Through her research and personal interviews, Browne relays that more and more farmers and food producers are making decisions to improve the quality and diversity of the crops they grow in an effort to build healthier soil, healthier bodies, and a healthier planet.