Monday, June 15, 2009


Saving Seeds

If you’re wondering where the best place to save your precious seed varieties is, the answer is simple: That place is your garden. Plant those seeds every year and save the best for the following year’s planting.

Of course there is the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, but access to the seeds deposited there is tightly controlled.

So it is that there is another very sensible development: A global fund which pays poor farmers to preserve crop varieties by maintaining their cultivation. This not only benefits these well-deserving poor farmers economically, but keeps crop varieties in the hands of the farmers, where they belong.

One hopes that the participating nations in the program — especially those with the means — will come to the realization that there is nothing more important than food, and cough up more funding.

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