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Summary - SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds.

This gorgeously produced film spells out the dangers of seed patenting and genetically modified foods, the growing lack of biodiversity and the shrinking number of seed varieties.  Instead of changing the agrichemical model to regenerate nature, the biotech giants have built an unsustainable paradigm that controls the world food supply and manipulates nature to fit the industrial model. Ultimately, crop mono-cultures, the lack of seed and biodiversity and climate change could result in a catastrophic crop failure and widespread famine.

SEED interviews evolutionary leaders Drs.Vandana Shiva and Jane Goodall, as well as a number of seed savers, farmers, scientists and indigenous communities that envision a better world for future generations. This film offers hope and solutions - we can reclaim our health and future through practical community efforts, seed banks, and traditional regenerative practices 

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SEED: The Untold Story

From: Jon Betz and Taggart Siegel
Genre: Documentary
Duration: 94 min

SEED:The Untold Story and the
Sustainable Development Goals

# 2 End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
# 3 Good health and well-being
#12 Responsible Consumption
#13 Protect the Planet

“Regenerative food, farming and land use can provide a solution to the health crisis, the water crisis, environmental degradation, climate change, rural poverty, hunger and war.” ~ Ronnie Cummins, Founding Meeting of Regeneration International,
June 9, 2015, Finca Luna Nueva, Costa Rica

Virtually every growing environmental and health problem can be traced back to modern food production. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Food insecurity and malnutrition amid mounting food waste
  • Rising obesity and chronic disease rates despite growing health care outlays
  • Diminishing fresh water supplies
  • Toxic agricultural chemicals polluting air, soil and waterways, thereby threatening the entire food chain from top to bottom
  • Disruption of normal climate and rainfall patterns

The good news is there are viable answers to all of these problems that do not merely scratch at the surface, and the answers hinge on the widespread implementation of regenerative agriculture and decentralized food distribution. 


For communities wanting to become part of the solution, here are a few exemplary organizations working to conserve seed and crop diversity.

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