Magazine article New Internationalist

Saving Seeds, Building Community

Magazine article New Internationalist

Saving Seeds, Building Community

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Imagine eating lettuce so flavourful it requires no dressing, a tomato so sweet it tastes like sunshine, or a multicoloured bunch of dainty, crunchy carrots. If you find it difficult to conjure up these images it is likely because you've only eaten vegetables that come from the same varieties of seed - and you're not alone.

As our corporate food system is globalized, North Americans know more about fruits and vegetables grown outside of their local communities than they do about native plant species. But the Cedar College (CC) Seed Savers Collective is trying to change that. Based in Vancouver, the communityrun organization aims to improve local food security by preserving diverse seed varieties for future generations.

The collective encourages local organic farmers to plant a sample of the different kinds of crops that can be grown in the area. …

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