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SEED, THE UNTOLD STORY

I recently bought a copy of the DVD and would like to offer it for loan for individual viewing. 

I have tried to organise group viewings in the past without success, so individual viewing is better than no viewing.

Of course, I would expect the DVD to be handled carefully and with respect and returned after viewing.

If anyone has or knows of a venue for a group please contact me.

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind, these subtle flecks of life are the source of all existence. Like tiny time capsules, they contain the songs, sustenance, memories, and medicines of entire cultures. They feed us, clothe us, and provide the raw materials for our everyday lives. In a very real
sense, they are life itself.


Yet in our modern world, these precious gifts of nature 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. Recent news headlines suggest that Irish history may already be repeating in our globalized food system. Articles in the New York Times and other mainstream sources report the impending collapse of the world’s supplies of bananas, oranges, coffee and coconuts—all due to a shortsighted over-reliance on a single, fragile variety. Without seed diversity, crop diseases rise and empires fall.


More than a cautionary tale of “man against nature,” the remarkable story of seeds is an epic “good-versus-evil” saga playing out in our modern lives. For eons, cultures around the world have believed seeds to be our birthright: a covenant with the earth shared by all and passed down across generations. But today, our seeds are increasingly private property held in corporate hands. A cadre of ten agrichemical companies (including Syngenta, Bayer, and Monsanto) now controls more than two-thirds of the global seed market, reaping unprecedented profits. Genetically modified crops (GMOs) engineered in their sterile laboratories dominate farmers’ fields and dinner tables in the United States and countries around the world. Farmers from Minnesota to Madhya Pradesh, India toil in economic thrall to the “Gene Giants,” paying hefty licensing fees to plant their patented crops. If they attempt to save their own seed at the end of a season, following a tradition practiced by humans for over 12,000 years, they face ruthless prosecution. (Suffering under this indentured servitude, over 250,000 farmers in India have committed suicide in the last 20 years.)


People everywhere are waking up to the vital importance of seeds for our future. In recent months, March Against Monsanto protests have rallied millions in more than 400 cities and 50 countries to the cause of seed freedom. Ballot initiatives to label genetically modified foods have been proposed in U.S. cities from California to Connecticut—a direct threat to the profits of the Gene Giants and their Big Food cronies. 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.


SYNOPSIS

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. 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 biotech 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. SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel.

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It's a worthwhile idea Lissa, to loan out your disk. I have some here I'd like to do the same with - sharing around. But I have hesitated to offer my disks in a system like this fearing that the disk would disappear along the way. I know we have many careful people on BLF and a lot of very busy ones too. I used to own a second-hand bookshop, the most common reason people had for buying another copy was 'I loaned it and it was never returned'. These films/docos are around 1 to 1.5 hrs long, way too long for a garden visit. For people with a multimedia room and a big enough screen, private viewings for 6-8 people could be possible. I borrow disks as well as books from the local council Library yet I would be loathe to borrow a disk from someone I knew.

I would agree Elaine, I personally hate loaning stuff out especially things important to me.

If we could organise a group viewing that would be my preference. Maybe this time around someone will put their hand up to loan out their space and TV.

I want to see this! Lissa, I may be able to arrange a screening at my workplace. There is a group that organises two to three films a month for residents and they may be interested to show it. Alternatively the community garden group may 'host' it and I'm sure a few BLF members could join the party. I'll look into options and get back to you.

Now that sounds like a plan Cathie. I'll send you a PM.

we have managed to fit 20 people into media room for viewing of trip DVD if thats any help . or could get more in the main area but would have to be a night viewing as too much light 

Sounds good for a viewing by the Dayboro gardening folk Mary-Ann.

I've messaged Lynn (Fink) to see if she would like to organise a date for the Dayboro Gardening group. Of course, either group is welcome to come along to any viewings we can organise.

Went to the film's website. I can buy the DVD at a reasonable price. Went to the checkout page and the whole site kept crashing. I've emailed to them  with no response so far. No idea whether the fault lies at their end or mine. Disappointing but will eventually catch up with the film.

Big demand no doubt. You are more than welcome to borrow my copy Elaine. I know you will take good care :)

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