One of the reason I became interested in Permaculture is food sovereignty. The ability to grow ones own healthy food, free of poisons and toxicity, harvested fresh as it is needed and ready to eat, is the core to a healthier planet and healthier population.
Although our Permaculture community is strong and growing, it is still just a small fraction of a percentage in food growth. Large agri-businesses are the primary producers of food for the masses. Unfortunately, this comes with harsh effects on the environment, and produces low quality food, missing the nutrient density of that which is produced on small local and homestead farms.
The ability to grow a plant starts with the simplest of organic units: the seed. The biodiversity of this rich planet is being lost and destroyed. The once rich banks of heirloom and open pollinated seed varieties that were collected and cultivated over many generations is being replaced by genetically modified types. These heirloom seeds were often bred for their vigor, natural adaptation to climates, and ability to resist disease or pest. Our society has now become dependent on commercial seed corporations, that are also in the business of selling herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers, which their seeds need to thrive.
A new movie is featuring the history, of seeds, seed saving, and the losses of great seeds. Simply entilted: “SEED: The Untold Story”. There is potential screening date in Philadelphia on November 30th. They need to pre-sell at least 100 tickets to secure the showing of the movie.
I am announcing this in the hope that members of our Permaculture group would be interested in attending this event. If we could gather a group, potentially arrange carpools, or if the group is large enough, arrange for a van for transportation.
You can find out more about the movie at: http://www.seedthemovie.com/
To reserve your seat, and help meet the 100-ticket quota pleas go to: https://gathr.us/screening/18232
Be sure to mark on Meetup that you are going, so we can arrange a transportation group.