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We Are What We Eat: Humans' Relationship With Seeds

Jul 27, 2017

Many of us take it for granted that much of our food comes from seeds. But did you know 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared in the last century?

This hour, we talk with the co-director of the documentary SEED: The Untold Story. We find out how we lost a wealth of seed diversity and we learn about seed savers who are working to bring that diversity back.

A botanical explorer with ties to Connecticut joins us. He travels the world in search of edible plants — plants whose seeds are underutilized in our diets. We also dig into the debate surrounding genetically modified crops. How do they impact biodiversity worldwide? 

And later, we hear from an eighth generation Connecticut farmer about how his family finds the seeds for the crops they plant.

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Chion Wolf contributed to this show.