Seeds of Resistance: The Fight to Save Our Food Supply

Seeds of Resistance: The Fight to Save Our Food Supply


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Seeds of Resistance is a wake-up call. With vivid and memorable stories, Mark Schapiro tells us how seeds are at the frontlines of our epic battle for healthy food.” —Alice Waters, founder of Chez Panisse and the Edible Schoolyard

Sun. Soil. Water. Seed. These are the primordial ingredients for the most essential activity of all on earth: growing food. All of these elements are being changed dramatically under the pressures of corporate consolidation of the food chain, which has been accelerating just as climate change is profoundly altering the conditions for growing food. In the midst of this global crisis, the fate of our food has slipped into a handful of the world’s largest companies. Seeds of Resistance will bring home what this corporate stranglehold is doing to our daily diet, from the explosion of genetically modified foods to the rapid disappearance of plant varieties to the elimination of independent farmers who have long been the bedrock of our food supply.

Seeds of Resistance will touch many nerves for readers, including concerns about climate change, chronic drought in essential farm states like California, the proliferation of GMOs, government interference (or purposeful ignorance), and the alarming domination of the seed market and our very life cycle by global giants like Monsanto.

But not all is bleak when it comes to the future of our food supply. Seeds of Resistance will also present hopeful stories about farmers, consumer groups, and government agencies around the world that are resisting the tightening corporate squeeze on our food chain.

“The latest science suggests that plants, including those of our major food crops, are engaged in a continuous interplay of responses with the environment in which they’re planted. That environment is changing; climatic disruptions are accelerating. The number of seed companies is declining, and the spectrum of seeds shrinking. The group of people involved in fighting for their seeds, and a more just and healthy food system, is expanding. Old assumptions of how we grow food are falling. New paradigms are emerging. It’s a time of profound vitality and volatility in the seed realm, with high stakes for all of us who care about our health, the planet’s health, and the food we eat. As powerful forces circle round the ground-zero ingredient of our food, one thing is becoming clear: a seed is never just a seed. Seeds are the canaries on our climate disrupted planet. They’re emitting strong signals. Let’s read them.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510705760
Publisher: Hot Books
Publication date: 09/18/2018
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Mark Schapiro has won numerous journalism prizes for his investigative work, including the du Pont-Columbia University Award. He is the author of two widely praised books on urgent environmental issues, Carbon Shock and Exposed. His articles have been published in The Atlantic, Harpers, Mother Jones and The Guardian, and his documentary work has been featured on PBS’s Frontline.

Table of Contents

Foreword David Talbot v

Introduction: Seeds & Canaries 1

Chapter 1 A Seed Chronicle Foretold 7

Chapter 2 Genetic Vulnerability: How We Got Here 19

Chapter 3 Seeds, Inc. 41

Chapter 4 Acts of Man: The Genetic Co-Existence Conundrum 59

Chapter 5 Genetic Roulette: Engineering the Seed 71

Chapter 6 Seed Rebels 93

Chapter 7 Postcards from the Paradigm Shift 113

Chapter 8 Seeds: The Elephant and the Acorn 143

Bibliography 153

Resources 157

Acknowledgments 163

Notes 165

Index 179

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