Coming to theatres today, Friday, September 23: SEED: THE UNTOLD STORY
Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz’s look at the battle to save seed diversity debuted at Washington DC’s Environmental Film Festival. Screenings followed at Nashville, Rhode Island, Princeton Environmental, Sheffield, Florida, DOXA, and Woods Hole, among other events.
Recognizing the rapid disappearance of agricultural biodiversity over the past century, seed keepers are on a mission to protect what little we have left. Siegel and Betz survey the range of stakeholders – from independent farmers and community seed bank organizers to indigenous practitioners and food scientists – as they face off against biotech companies for the future of the world’s food sources. While covering similar territory as other recent films about seeds and biodiversity, and spending a bit too much screen time on repetitious proclamations on the sacredness of seeds, the film succeeds in conveying an urgency around the issue.