Netflix has the documentary on the desperate race to save the world’s seed biodiversity in the film “Seeds Of Time”, one man’s quest to save the world’s future food supply.
If you’re a member, I suggest you watch it.
93% of crop varieties in the United States have gone extinct since 1903. This little known fact really caught my attention, because only today I read were Bayer is considering buying Monsanto, the world’s most hated company, which would reduce the number of GMO seed companies down to just 6. The relationship between heritage crops and seeds and GMO food is actually a race, with the “winner” to become one of the most valuable assets on the planet.
Already, we take food and food diversity for granted, but not so with the world’s scientist who see a extremely large threat looming on the horizon. It’s called climate change and it’s wiping out diversity. The Svalbard seed bank is one of hundreds of seed banks in existence around the world, but only a tiny fraction of the world’s seed diversity has been collected. Far more has already gone extinct or been wiped out and what remains under cultivation or in the wild is under threat.