Seed, The Untold Story

Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz/2016/93 min/Food-Agriculture

FILM DESCRIPTION: In our modern world, seeds are in grave danger. In less than a century of industrial agriculture, our once abundant seed diversity—painstakingly created by ancient farmers and gardeners over countless millennia—has been drastically winnowed down to a handful of mass-produced varieties. Under the spell of industrial “progress” and a lust for profit, our quaint family farmsteads have given way to mechanized agribusinesses sowing genetically identical crops on a monstrous scale. 

Seed, the Untold Story shows seed libraries, community gardens, and a new generation of passionate young farmers are cropping up to shift the balance toward a more sustainable and sovereign seed paradigm. A David and Goliath battle is underway, and the stakes couldn’t be higher.

Monday, March 6, 6:30-9 p.m. [North]
North Shore Country Day School, 310 Green Bay Rd., Winnetka

After the film, Kristie Webber from Chicago Botanic Garden will share seeds and basic how-tos on seed saving. Jeanne Nolan, The Organic Gardener will offer ideas for promoting biodiversity in your home garden.