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Are Those Seeds Safe?

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Look carefully at seeds before buying them, implores author and gardener Margaret Roach

So you've taken the sustainable food pledge. You buy local and organic, and you're feeling good about it. Now you want take the natural next step and start growing your own veggies. First you need some seeds, those tiny plant embryos that will transform into the most local, environmentally friendly dishes your table has ever seen. Right? Sort of. Seeds, as author Margaret Roach explains in a......read more

Senators Deliver Seeds to Arctic

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Chili peppers spice up remote seed vault.

Seven bipartisan U.S. senators recently travelled to an Arctic seed vault to deliver a variety of crop seeds including hot peppers and sorghum. The seeds were placed into the sort of safety deposit box to ensure the preservation of their species in the future. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a 'doomsday' inspired concept that contains seeds of more than 525,000 crop varieties.......read more

Dornith Doherty: Archiving Eden

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An ambitious photo project documents the global effort to preserve biodiversity at seed banks

Spurred by the impending completion of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway, Dornith Doherty initiated a photo project in 2008 called Archiving Eden. Her images of the Svalbard bunker set off a broader photographic expedition of seed banking that continues today, with some help from a 2012-13 Guggenheim Fellowship. Working with renowned biologists at seed banks around the world, Doherty's......read more

Open Source Movement Spreads to Seeds

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Restriction-free seeds include 29 new varieties of 14 different crops, including broccoli, carrots and kale

Last week, the Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI) announced the release of 29 new plant varieties that are free of intellectual property (IP) protection. The new seeds, which include varieties of carrots, kale, broccoli and quinoa, can be freely used by anyone as long as they don't restrict use by others through IP protection. Spearheaded by a group of scientists from the University of......read more

Authors Ignite Debate About Local Food

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Does the locavore movement do more harm than good? A new book sows seeds of discontent

Pierre Desrochers and Hiroko Shimizu say they know what’s wrong with the food system: local food purists. In their new book, The Locavore’s Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000-Mile Diet, the husband-and-wife team (a University of Toronto geography professor and an economist) argue that the excitement over this movement is misguided to the point of having “utterly disastrous”......read more

Sowing Seeds with Scott Sant'Angelo

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Arkitip founder documents the world of plants

Scott A. Sant'Angelo is maybe best known as the founder of Arkitip, the longstanding Los Angeles art magazine that's always on the front lines of cultural influence. But he also happens to be an accomplished photographer. Flipping through Scott's portfolio, it's clear that he has distinct photographic interest in plants. We pulled a small selection of them here, some warm and......read more

Sow Seeds, Not Greed

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Farmers bring the sustainable food movement to Wall Street

It's been a long time since farmers congregated in downtown Manhattan -- around 350 years, to be exact. The folks who populate Wall Street and rural America don't cross paths much these days. It's easy to forget that Wall Street used to be rural America; in 1644, the area contained so many cows that the Dutch colonists had to erect a cattle guard to keep them from straying.......read more

Greenaid Fosters 21st Century Johnny Appleseeds

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Clever urban hack created by young L.A. duo encourages people to replant their neighborhoods.

If you live or work in a city, odds are, you passed a vacant lot or an ugly, barren strip of soil at some point today. Now imagine if that eyesore were transformed into a wild garden. But how? Greenaid, a project by two recent grads of Otis College of Art and Design in L.A., Kim Karlsrud and Daniel Phillips, and local urban planner David Fletcher, is a plan to distribute candy machines loaded......read more

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