Seeds for Our Future — How Shall We Feed Ourselves? (310)

pm310_640“We’ve alienated ourselves so much from nature that our whole way of producing food is by trying to dominate nature. We’re not really connected.” Dan Jason, owner of Salt Spring Seeds (B.C.), points out how corporations now control most of the seeds and food products worldwide. They are poisoning plants, us, and the planet with pesticides. He passionately advocates our reconnecting with nature by gardening and farming “heirloom” and “heritage” plants started from open-pollinated seeds, just as our ancestors have done in 10,000 years of agriculture. Decades ago he helped start “Seedy Saturdays” for garden-loving people to swap seeds and information. His latest venture is a local Seed Library where people can borrow seeds, and return them at the end of the season complete with growing notes. “It’s about love,” he says. “Appreciating and enjoying and sharing life. It’s about giving, not getting.” [saltspringseeds.com and seedsanctuary.com].

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