The Seed Underground

The Seed Underground

A Growing Revolution to Save Food

Paperback - 2012
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There is no despair in a seed. There's only life, waiting for the right conditions-sun and water, warmth and soil-to be set free. Everyday, millions upon millions of seeds lift their two green wings.

At no time in our history have Americans been more obsessed with food. Options- including those for local, sustainable, and organic food-seem limitless. And yet, our food supply is profoundly at risk. Farmers and gardeners a century ago had five times the possibilities of what to plant than farmers and gardeners do today; we are losing untold numbers of plant varieties to genetically modified industrial monocultures. In her latest work of literary nonfiction, award-winning author and activist Janisse Ray argues that if we are to secure the future of food, we first must understand where it all begins: the seed.

The Seed Underground is a journey to the frontier of seed-saving. It is driven by stories, both the author's own and those from people who are waging a lush and quiet revolution in thousands of gardens across America to preserve our traditional cornucopia of food by simply growing old varieties and eating them. The Seed Underground pays tribute to time-honored and threatened varieties, deconstructs the politics and genetics of seeds, and reveals the astonishing characters who grow, study, and save them.

Publisher: White River Junction, Vt. : Chelsea Green Pub., c2012.
ISBN: 9781603583077
1603583076
9781603583060
1603583068
Characteristics: xv, 217 p. ; 23 cm.

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Caronlemay
Sep 22, 2016

Like having coffee with your most interesting and passionate friend, reading this book is an invitation into her life; her loves and her losses, as she shares the secret behind what drives her. Survival, extinction, hope, diversity, plant sex, war, and optimism: It's all here.

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diggie
Mar 20, 2013

ray is a poet and her passion is in the particulars, in this case seeds, the tiny little kernels of vegetal life, and her hunt for those even more passionate than herself is inspiring. as with barbara kingsolver's recent books, it is particularly heartening to read a southern environmentalism, a rooted, rural and communitarian stewardship that has little to do with the consumer, corporate world.

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eliziarose
Aug 16, 2012

This book reviews the position of seeds, genetic modification of seeds, and the affects of GM seeds as well as large scale chemical agriculture on the health and diversity of our food crop. She also looks forward to what is needed to avoid further degradation of our seed diversity and supply. She has an alternative approach but speaks from a long history and love for farming. She is a writer by training which is reflected in the text. A sci-fi read for the future she is trying to avoid would be Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi.

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