food

In 1819 seed diversity was brought to the US to be shred with the public from the understanding of the importance of communal seed diversity. the federal government founded the USDA who was distributing seed verities to everyone for free. Universities had grant for improvement of crops, breading programs and served regional community.

1863 “American Seed Trade Association” formed. In the first meeting in Rochester they decided to to stop the free seed program throw lobbying congress, and they succeeded by 1923.

In the 1950’s hybridization increased and funding for universities dropped, changed into founding for commercial products and turned universities into servants of the privet sector.

In 1980 the supreme court allowed for the first time patenting of life, a bacteria that eats oil, Diamond Vs Chakrabarty. And from their any part of plant, characteristic could be patented.

Many things changed rapidly which gave way for large, non agriculture chemical pharmaceutical companies, like Monsanto, DoPont, Bayer ect, to cease the opportunity and take over the seed industries, total control of seeds throw patenting, stopping farmers from saving seed crops and no researchers can save and innovate.

Luckily some small seed companies like SSE, Seeds Of Change, Southern Exposure, Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Native Seeds SEARCH and many more, started saving heirloom seeds and breading seeds, working with rowel communities for protecting our heritage.

We most find the way to be more collaborative protect local farmers and pass are seeds in our communities as the beginning of creating a sustainable next generation.

 

 

I wanted to promote the issue of the importance in establishing a local market where food is grown locally (with out the need of shipping), and more importantly grown in an ecological manner with no herbicides, pesticides, soil preserving and enhancing.

The first step was Eco- Cinema; we played the movies – “ Story of stuff ”, “The power of community” and “Food Inc”.  And brought a speaker, Alex Kachan Sustainable Agriculture Instructor, Maharishi University of Management Sustainable Living Dept.

A lot of students and local people came, the movie “Food Inc” is very shocking, it shoes’ the brutality of the meet and food industry’s and the decline of forests and land do to aggressive agriculture.

After the movie we talked about how each one of us should  know how the food they eat is grown and understand the importance of good nutrition.

use our biggest power, perches, in order to change the market.