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The Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN estimates that 75% of the world's crop diversity disappeared between 1900 and 2000. Seed Savers is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom seeds.

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Sheryl G (360)
Monday August 11, 2014, 1:40 pm
Seed Savers Exchange offers an alternative model to big agriculture through their work, encouraging participatory preservation among the members, and by signing the safe seed pledge. Seed Savers Exchange knows that the future of our planet depends on a genetically diverse food supply.

Freya H (357)
Monday August 11, 2014, 3:09 pm
Good for them! We need to preserve a wide diversity of crop seeds. Lack of crop diversity lead to the great potato famine in Ireland. What with climate change reeking so much havoc, it is very important that we maintain "heirloom" seeds.

Nicole L (79)
Monday August 11, 2014, 5:05 pm
Thanks for sharing!

Animae C (513)
Monday August 11, 2014, 5:38 pm
Thanx Dandelion

JL A (281)
Monday August 11, 2014, 7:11 pm
Let us hope no laws like the seed library ran into are enacted to interfere with their necessary work. Thanks Dandelion.

S J (130)
Monday August 11, 2014, 7:49 pm
genetically diverse food supply will, definitely, tackle down capitalism.

thank you Dandelion

Christeen A (369)
Monday August 11, 2014, 7:58 pm
Interesting. Thank you.

Monday August 11, 2014, 8:21 pm
Very interesting article. Thanks for sharing Dandelion

Past Member (0)
Monday August 11, 2014, 8:29 pm
Terrible stats+now the monstrosity called Monsanto is gonna do us all in with their devil seeds.

Laurie H (817)
Monday August 11, 2014, 9:29 pm
So Many Thanks for this share Sheryl!! This exchange sounds like an excellent way to go!!! Shared & Noted as well!!~~~

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 12:26 am
Noted & Shared. Thanks Sheryl.

Rose Becke (141)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 12:35 am
Sharing this Dandelion

SusanAWAY A (219)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 1:13 am
Noted and shared. I'm glad to know someone is looking out after the seeds.

Ben O (170)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 1:41 am
Saving and sharing heirloom seeds...Very important! Thanks Sheryl.

Dawnie W (250)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 2:17 am
Thank you for sharing this interesting concept, I like it.

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Cheree M (46)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 2:37 am
noted, thanks

Edwin M (346)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 3:10 am
Thanks Sheryl, I've saved the site to my favorites and am considering becoming a member.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 3:54 am

Don H (45)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 3:58 am
Thank you, Dandelion. This is a worthy effort.

Birgit W (160)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 3:59 am
Wonderful, thanks for sharing.

Arild Gone for now (174)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 4:18 am
Important work,thanks Sheryl.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 4:23 am
Preserving diversity is the only way out for future stable food supply

Arlene C (42)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 4:23 am
article intéressant merci Dandelion

Giana P (398)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 5:46 am
Thanks Dandelion for this post.

Les M (3)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 5:48 am
i;ve bought seeds of several heirloom veggies. very delicious!

Susanoffline Frudd (69)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 6:35 am
Thank you for sharing Dandelion.

Winn A (179)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 6:42 am
Thanks Sheryl for the info.

divergent revolution (309)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 7:27 am
I am starting to think we should be doing this with medical Marijuana, since the Minnesota and new York lame pharmaceutical bought bills. .Monsanto wants in way too badly, and big tobacco as well.
Thanks Dandelion

penny C (83)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 8:31 am
Thanks Dandelion & Rose for sharing with the Alliance to ban GMO group.Ive tried heirloom tomatoes which are delicious.

Kathleen Mireault (225)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 10:19 am
Noted with pleasure! Seedsavers' is a wonderful organization; have been a member for several years. Not only do they provide seeds and plants, they provide lots of interesting information, from the history of a given plant or seed variety, to ways of adapting them to various climates, etc. Thanks for sharing, Dandelion! A wonderful way to counter Monsanto in a positive manner...

Ulane V (48)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 11:10 am
Very interesting,thank you.

B Lewenza (76)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 12:13 pm
Noted Thanks for sharing Dandelion very interesting project we have a wonderful growing season here just might be something to look into. Thank you.

Arielle S (313)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 12:35 pm
May there be many more like this....and may they all be wildly successful!

Nelson Baker (0)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 4:33 pm
Noted. When you eliminate diversity in plants you are setting the stage for crop failure and famine. Will we never learn from past history? Monsanto and it's supports won't care.

Julie W (32)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 6:11 pm
I have been saving and swapping seeds for about 30 years. If not for organisations like this, and backyard growers, we would not have the diversity that exists today. It's a fascinating hobby.

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 8:44 pm
Heirloom seeds are a fabulous positive in the world and this is good to know and share.

Bonnie Lynn M (1)
Tuesday August 12, 2014, 9:01 pm
Thank you

SuSanne P (193)
Wednesday August 13, 2014, 2:23 am
My dearest Dandelion THANK YOU DEARLY! I was introduced to this CO. months ago and misplaced the name, website, etc. as I am organizing everything for my future relocation. I've torn my home apart and you've just made my day! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!
I've already made my LIST for the entire year, and will be making a purchase on the lst of August. The prices are too good to be true, but that's only a perk for the MOST IMPORTANCE. Blessings!

SuSanne P (193)
Wednesday August 13, 2014, 2:29 am
I was too thrilled to say how horrified I feel seeing the stats. 75% in 100 years. I am CRYING A RIVER....
Monsanto is WW-3 as it is ensuring death by starvation of God only knows the stats re: that. Forgive me for not wanting to know...I know as much as I can endure! Barely at best.

Aaron Bouchard (158)
Wednesday August 13, 2014, 3:34 am
noted thanks

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 13, 2014, 7:09 am
I didn't bother much.
I save the link to check it out later, and to share it with friends, people and group of farmers, they also save and share local varieties.
Thank you very much Dandelion :)

Sheryl G (360)
Wednesday August 13, 2014, 7:23 am
This is why I send things out like this, to make those aware of these things if they want or can do it, or to share with others who will be able to gain from this. In any case, we all benefit from programs such as this and those who participate and even those who enjoy the bounty afterwards. This protects our future and one day I hope our children and grandchildren will be thanking the people who are doing this important work today.

Mitchell D (87)
Wednesday August 13, 2014, 12:42 pm
This is a wonderful concept, and I am glad to see people doing this.
There is a company called "Seed of Change," and I think they used to be into this, but went more corporate.

Charlene Rush (79)
Wednesday August 13, 2014, 2:31 pm
Since, thee has not been a problem from it's inception, I believe this is a marvelous idea.

Joanne D (38)
Wednesday August 13, 2014, 2:45 pm
We may as well start marshaling our arguments now. Only a matter of time till Monsanto wants to label it eco-terrorism. I'd love to be wrong on that. Oh, and also planning to keep on underground if necessary.

Sheryl G (360)
Wednesday August 13, 2014, 3:01 pm
Indeed, but these people are a good spot to learn from for those who might not be full versed. In hopes enough do so there can be many private or underground places as you say. I also don't trust the Monsanto's either, but this must be done above ground and in hopes it doesn't come to the worse case scenario and as you say, certainly be prepared.

Patricia E. G (54)
Wednesday August 13, 2014, 6:31 pm
"Farming- The first and most precious of all the arts" - Thomas Jefferson
Intriguingly fascinating concept Sheryl. I ordered the FREE catalog to be
sent to my uncle in Maryland who has been a life long agriculturist.
Thank you.

Claudia Acosta (70)
Thursday August 14, 2014, 6:43 am
Free from GMO

Sheryl G (360)
Thursday August 14, 2014, 7:47 am
Yup, that is the whole point. Whoever can, have a garden. Save the non GMO seeds.

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 14, 2014, 8:26 am

Nancy C (806)
Thursday August 14, 2014, 10:17 am
saved and sent to my veggie growin' sister...ty!

Krista Slavin (195)
Thursday August 14, 2014, 11:13 pm
Noted. Thanks Dandelion. Good to know that a company is committed to providing GMO seeds. I ordered their free catalog.

Sheryl G (360)
Friday August 15, 2014, 3:59 pm
I think you meant Non GMO are welcome Krista.

Krista Slavin (195)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 2:36 am
Yes, yes I did. I did mean to say NON-GMO seeds. I am very against GMOs. Sometimes the fingers just don't type what the mind is telling them to! Sorry for the confusion my comment may have made!

Sheryl G (360)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 4:48 am
lol....My mind and fingers are guilty of the same thing, that is why I was pretty sure what it is you wanted to get across. I wish that we could have, like in groups, a chance to correct our comments.

Nancy Black (308)
Monday August 25, 2014, 10:53 pm
Noted, tweeted, shared.

Krista Slavin (195)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 12:01 am
My catalog came today. Can't wait to check it out. Thanks again for posting this, Dandelion =]

Sheryl G (360)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 5:56 am
Excellent Krista......I'm glad I placed it on here as well then.

Sheryl G (360)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 12:27 pm
This post goes along with what is here......a most important post by another member. Check it out.
Sign the Pledge of Dr. Vandana Shiva For Seed Freedom

Michael M (60)
Sunday August 31, 2014, 12:01 pm
Friday evening I attended the first of a lecture series by a former EPA research scientist.

He pointed out a few things:
1. The GM seeds sold are for Roundup (Monsanto's name for glyphosate, and a product crazily used by US residents) and to introduce Bacillus thuringensis toxin production. The farmers using these seeds found after two years that the amount of Roundup had to use over 3 x the amount to continue to grow their corn, soy, sugar beet, alfalfa, canola crops.
2. NO GM have improved crop yields. Normal hybridization has slowly done so, and if anything, the GM varieties are slightly lower in bushels per acre than non-GM.
3. As Bt -resistance and glyphosate resistance have become widespread, the 2,4-D resistant seeds (by Dow Chemical Co.) are already marketed in Canada.
Getting some EPA and public resistance in the USA, Monsanto is proposing its dicamba (a close chemical relative) seeds.
4. 40% of ALL corn grown in the USA is mandated for ethanol - fuel use - NOT for food use.

The reason I attendedand and will attend the next 5 lectures on the subject, is that I am highly concerned with the cascade effects of Neonicotinoid use of pesticides. Bioaccumulatino is the effect of things eating things which results in larger organisms having higher concentrations of poisonous chemicals than the levels which kill pollinators.
I am extremely concerned with the destruction of not only honeybees - generalist pollinators, but also of the many, many species of insects some of which are specialist( without which, the plants which interact with specialists will also die out forever).
5. Neonicotinoid pesticides affect organisms in Parts Per BILLION.
honeybees mysterious colony collapse disorder has now been conclusively linked to these pesticides, which go by different names. In a European study, tracking individual bees, showed that under the influence of Neonics, bees literally could NOT find their way home. The poison, by the way affects neural transmission - brains essentially fail to function in part because the cells cannot talk sensibly to others.

Following the lecture I spoke with a university biologist, who was excited about:
Recent studies showing how Toxoplasma gondii affects DNA by removing methylation in genes in amygdala, where proper fear is mediated(causing rats to cease to fear cats. You might have heard about this disease which affect women's health and other issuesworldwide).
I felt he was excited because the findings afford opportunity to experiment and engineer genetic modifications to change behaviors on a far wider scale than plant pest control (you must understand that I am generally PRO-pest, as the beautiful diversity of the Earth is driven by Nature's intolerance for any single species to grow outrageously out of control), although monocropping can be enhanced through changing gene expression as well as by the present method of toxin production or resistance.

On healthy alternatives for the world's largely urbanised populations:
I also visited Friday one local organic community garden, which sells shares, and watched members receive vegetables (geese and goats also produce in this one) for prices lower than the giant chain markets - to me, pretty far lower, as I have always kept a close eye on comparative prices.
In this place, there is a period when the garden is closed/growing without producing over the winter, and this I perceive to be the only problem. One buys a share, and from April through November receives quite a lot.
It requires a seemingly big buy-in investment, but the values one receives is great!

Vandana Shiva has done important work, and we should also look at the small indigenous farmers of Mexico for their collective resistance to the deadly direction to which consumer-driven urban life is pushing agriculture.

Sheryl G (360)
Sunday August 31, 2014, 1:17 pm
Michael "I am generally PRO-pest, as the beautiful diversity of the Earth is driven by Nature's intolerance for any single species to grow outrageously out of control),"

I'd say the human species has grown outrageously out of control.......

Thanks for all the additional information Michael.

Gina Caracci (219)
Tuesday September 2, 2014, 7:08 pm
very cool....until they are shut down by someone

Sheryl G (360)
Tuesday September 2, 2014, 7:13 pm
So far so good. In hopes this will not ever have to be an underground movement.
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