Seeds of Life

Humans today rely upon just 20 varieties of plants for 90 percent of their food. Experts throughout the world think that this lack of biodiversity could lead to an agricultural calamity. The Irish potato famine, which led to the death or displacement of two and a half million people in the 1840s, is an example of what can happen when farmers rely on only a few plant species as the cornerstone of their crops.

Know your seeds! In just the last 15 years, more than half of the varieties once available have disappeared from seed catalogs. By contrast, Seeds of Change, an alternative seed company, grows over 2,000 kinds of seeds—a hundredfold increase in the number of edible plants available to most people today. The seed-preserving work of backyard gardeners and companies like Seeds of Change, total seed species and their varieties will disappear forever.

12 comments

Snezana Miletic
Snezana Miletic3 years ago

Thanks

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

Thank you for posting!

Carol Ann O.
Carol Ann O.4 years ago

FYI Save the silica packets from vitamins and new shoes to keep stored seeds safe from humidity. Recycling and nuture Mother Earth allin one !

Tim Cheung
Tim C.4 years ago

thanks

Linda Jarsky
Linda Jarsky5 years ago

I think veggie seeds could be the new money in the near future.

Ambrose Merly
Past Member 6 years ago

helpful

Heather B.
Past Member 6 years ago

Thanks, Annie. And thank you, Niki S., for the new link.

Niki S.
Niki S.6 years ago

Seeds of Change website at:
www.seedsofchange.com

Susan W.
Susan W.8 years ago

the seeds of change link does not work

Micki Killoran
Micki Killoran8 years ago

If you want more information on HOW to save seeds, I highly recommend "Seed to Seed" (by Susan Ashworth. As for the WHY, almost anything by Gary Paul Nabahn. For example, "Enduring Seeds." Both are excellent books.