The Story Of Seeds
"Scientists, such as the Russian seed collector Nikolai Vavilov,
have recognized the importance of seeds and have given their lives to
protect one of our planet's greatest treasures. There are people
throughout the world who are striving to defend and protect our
seeds. Some plant them. Some save them. All are working toward
keeping the diversity of our seeds alive and well."
Before I read Nancy F. Castaldo's The Story Of Seeds I thought I
knew about seeds. Boy, was I ever wrong! Throughout history people
have gone to lengths usually associated with nuclear secrets to
protect these treasures. During World War II Russian scientists died
protecting from invading German armies seeds needed to feed their
people. In Iraq a seed bank has had to be protected during invasions
by the Taliban and the United States.
If you find yourself wondering what this has to do with you, the
answer is a lot! Defending seed diversity should be a concern for all
of us. A lot of the varieties of plants that once flourished on earth
are extinct. We're on very precarious ground here. The Irish potato
famine happened because of a fungal blight causing devastating food
shortages. A diversity of genetic varieties hedges our bets by
increasing the chances at least a few will survive evolving
I don't explain this very well. The book does brilliantly. It
makes a complex subject comprehensible and personal. It includes
important ways kids, families, and groups can make a difference. It's
a must acquire for school and public libraries.
On a personal note, Orono Comnunity Garden is producing nicely.
A great big shout goes out to my community garden family.
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