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Seed Lending Libraries: Empowered Communities Take Control of Their Genetic Resources


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Kathy
- 1322 days ago - foodfirst.org
Watch out Chaucer, Hemingway, Faulkner, and Aristotle, here comes Mint, Pea, Squash, and Kale, the new members of your local library. Seed library that is. With more than 30 already underway in the US...



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Comments

Jytte Nhanenge (64)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 12:30 am
There is only one word needed as a comment to this initiative: Brilliant

Thanks Kathy
 

Victoria P. (107)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 11:15 am
Really great! Noted with thanks
 

Carmen S. (619)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 12:15 pm
noted, thanks for this news Kathy
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 19, 2012, 2:57 pm
Thanks Kathy. I have been saving my own seeds and exchanging them with other members of the American Horticultural Society for years.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday January 20, 2012, 6:44 am
knowledge is not power its empowering lets be empowered
life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love
 

. (0)
Friday January 20, 2012, 7:57 am
How cool! Thanks for the article.
 

Robert O. (12)
Friday January 20, 2012, 4:18 pm
Thanks Kathy.
 

Darlene W. (304)
Friday January 20, 2012, 5:11 pm
noted and thank you. Blessings to those who do this especially now to avoid GM seeds.
 

Eternal Gardener (749)
Friday January 20, 2012, 5:36 pm
Now this is really a SMART move, well done!
 

Tim C. (2398)
Saturday January 21, 2012, 10:26 am
ty
 

. (0)
Saturday January 21, 2012, 11:06 am
As a librarian, I found the idea really interesting. I wonder if it will "take root" in the East?
 

Edith B. (145)
Saturday January 21, 2012, 1:08 pm
Great idea for preserving our native plants.too.
 

Sheila D. (26)
Saturday January 21, 2012, 1:29 pm
What a fabulous idea! I had never heard of this, but find it an excellent way to promote "growing your own". If I can find one close by, I will be checking it out; figuratively and literally. Thanks for the article, Kathy.
 

Sandra H. (16)
Saturday January 21, 2012, 3:27 pm
What a fantastic idea!! i am a seed saver,and a seed library is PERFECT
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 21, 2012, 11:12 pm
Wow. Brave new world, huh?
 

Deb L. (3)
Saturday January 21, 2012, 11:25 pm
Hat an excellent Braintrust!! How can we get one started in San Diego??
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 22, 2012, 9:25 am
Noted.
 

pam w. (138)
Sunday January 22, 2012, 9:39 am
BRILLIANT, INDEED!
 

jayasri amma (10)
Sunday January 22, 2012, 3:26 pm
Really great! Noted with thanks
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 22, 2012, 3:33 pm
Good bye to Monsanto, Bayer et all, very soon, I hope! Monsanto and Blackwater, Whole Foods And Gates are now united in efforts to sabotage Nature, dominate and take away from + bring terror to more organic farmers in all pockets of this world. Making toxic this planet for money while using unfair tactics against life and people is something we all mmust denounce very loudly.
 

Colleen L. (2)
Sunday January 22, 2012, 4:30 pm
That's great news. Maybe I'll be able to donate some of my veggie seeds that I save every season from garden. Thanks Kathy
 

Tysu Jung (2)
Sunday January 22, 2012, 5:36 pm
It's a Must to preserve the unadultered seed.
 

KS Goh (0)
Monday January 23, 2012, 12:36 am
Thanks for the article.
 

Anne S. (25)
Monday January 23, 2012, 3:06 am
This is more important than most people know. The reason for the devastating Irish potato famine was only 1 variety of potato. The entire country or Ireland grew just one variety. When a fungus became airborn from a foreign ship, the entire country was blighted. In the US, most potatoes are 1 variety, the one McDonald and other fast food restaurants demand for their fries. Monsanto uses one one variety of each vegetable and that one is genetically engineered with pesticides which are resulting in resistant pests.
The only way to insure we have crops, is to have variety and to use the seed you produce in the next season. Using your own seed allows for variation.
BTW- Do you know that Monsanto prosecutes farmers who do NOT buy their seed, alleging they have stolen the seed. To mount a defense is so expensive, that most farmers cannot afford to. They must either abandon their farms or plead guilty.
 

Mary Pendergast (0)
Monday January 23, 2012, 6:57 am
We have to fight Monsanto with everything we have!
 

Jen S. (113)
Thursday January 26, 2012, 10:42 am
What a perfect, simple, inclusive idea! And one with far-reaching consequences, not least of which is thwarting Monsanto, bringing non-gardeners into the fold. I am a rabid gardener who saves seeds, originally because my great-grandmother taught me to do that if I had a plant I liked, and more recently because I truly believe Monsanto and other monliths in the food porduction industry have the potential to do exponentially more harm than they do good. Check out the various heirloom/open-pollinated seed groups in the US, an amazing resource. Look for a French or Italian seed catalogue; the proportion of open-pollinated seeds is usually outstanding.
 
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