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.
- Taggart Siegel - Co-Director and Producer of SEED: An Untold Story, Founder and Executive Director of Collective Eye Films
- Joseph Simcox - Botanical Explorer, Consultant for Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, which owns Comstock Ferre & CO in Wethersfield, CT
- Tamar Haspel - Food and Science journalist, Washington Post columnist and oyster farmer on Cape Cod
- Lars Demander - 8th generation Connecticut farmer at Clover Nook Farm in Bethany, CT
Chion Wolf contributed to this show.