"From seed to seed" - An educational film on the production of seeds

de Nicholas Bell, 7 oct. 2014

Seeds are the origin of life. For thousands of years, the diversity of cultivated plants has fed humanity thanks to seeds passed down from generation to generation. But this diversity is increasingly under threat. The introduction of high yielding and hybrid varieties, patents on plants, as well as the use of chemical fertilisers, pesticides and GMOs have led to the disappearance of 70% of cultivated plant diversity since the 1930s.

Commercial seed varieties are now selected by a handful of multinational companies whose main priority is profit and European legislation limits the rights of farmers and gardeners to sell, exchange or give away seeds from their own crops. Not only are these developments threatening the survival of small-scale agriculture, but they also endanger food security worldwide. Seed diversity is crucial to mankind's survival because it enables plants to adapt to changing climates and environments.

The loss of countless small farmers has meant that we have lost know-how built up over centuries. In Europe a few small associations still maintain and distribute heirloom varieties as well as sharing seed production skills through workshops, training courses, books and documents.

Basic training in seed multiplication techniques is crucial. There are few books on this topic and these are of little use in countries where illiteracy is widespread.

The film is intended for all those interested in seed production - beginners, amateur gardeners, farmers, vocational colleges, children, those who wish to contribute to the conservation of plant diversity, those for whom it is urgent to grow their own seeds in order to adapt to different climate conditions or for food security... Images will enable viewers to follow the development of plants from seed to seed, to help them understand the biology of flowers, the phenomenon of pollination as well as the techniques and methods used to extract, select and store seeds. Close-ups will allow detailed observation and make it easier to recognise plant characteristics.

It will take two years to make this film as we wish to follow the full cycle of biennual vegetable families. We call on those interested to help us fund this project by buying the DVD in advance at the price of 20 € or £18 (or more if you wish to make a donation). For more details, see the “Appeal for subscriptions”.

For all those interested contact seedfilm@yahoo.fr