Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Seed is the future of agriculture. For farmers it is the most essential input: without good seed they have no chance of a good harvest. This is a simple truth but the implications are far reaching. For thousands of years, farmers have been relying on their own harvests, selecting grains, storing them, and then using them as seed for the following season. They have been doing the same with potatoes and other vegetatively reproduced crops. By choosing seeds or planting materials that meet the needs of their particular farming conditions, they have, over time, developed local varieties and breeds which are most suited to their specific context and preferences. Today, however, many farmers have become highly dependent on seeds supplied by external agents, often large seed companies.
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