An Insurance Policy for Climate Change? How Seed Banks Are Protecting the Future of Food

February 23, 2015 at 11:27 am Leave a comment

 hand with seeds

More than 75 percent of the fruit and vegetable varieties that humans once consumed have already gone the way of the wooly mammoth and the saber-toothed tiger, according to the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization. And half of all domesticated animal breeds have been lost in roughly the past century.

This massive loss of diversity is—you guessed it—the result of the rapid spread of industrial agriculture and the increasing standardization of the food industry, where unconventional varieties have been squeezed off of supermarket shelves.

But now, with climate change disrupting regional agriculture around the world in very different ways, some farmers want to take back the control they had relinquished to big agriculture. They are hoping that, with the help of the incredible seed wealth developed by their ancestors over countless generations, they can continue to feed themselves—and us—in the uncertain years ahead.

Read An Insurance Policy for Climate Change? How Seed Banks Are Protecting the Future of Food by Richard Schiffman at Resilience.org.

 


Cornwall’s 1st Seedy Sunday!

March 1, 11 am -3 pm

at Agape Centre, 40 Fifth Street West, Cornwall

Come share, swap and buy seeds, see exhibits and presentations and gather gardening information. First 25 visitors receive a free package of seeds!


 

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Entry filed under: Biodiversity, Climate, Food.

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