Independent Lens

Season 18 Episode 13

SEED: The Untold Story

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Apr 17, 2017 on PBS
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SEED: The Untold Story
The efforts of "seed keepers" to preserve the 12,000-year-old food legacy of humans are examined. Over the past century, seed diversity has undergone a precipitous decline as family farmsteads have given way to agribusinesses that sow genetically identical crops. The problem: without seed diversity, crop diseases can cause havoc to the food supply. As a result, a variety of reluctant heroes have begun to wage a David vs. Goliath-like battle to defend the future of food production.moreless

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