Dear Friends and Colleagues
Sewing Connections for Living Seeds
To enhance international support for on-farm conservation of agricultural biodiversity, the biodiverSEEDy project of GenØk–Centre for Biosafety, Norway is inviting contributions to a global action to reconnect frozen seeds, stories and culture.
Seeds from crop plants all over the world are currently frozen at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, which operates as a global back up for the seed collections of genebanks, and is located deep inside a mountain on the arctic island of Svalbard. The seeds are, however, separated from their natural and cultural contexts, which risks losing the connections of seed diversity to social and cultural diversity.
To honour and value the importance of farmers keeping agricultural biodiversity alive, and to turn attention to the need for increased investment from governments to support farmers cultivating diverse and traditional varieties, biodiverSEEDy is making a quilt with patches from all around the world that portray the importance of farmers as custodians of living seeds. This quilt will be part of an art exhibition taking place in Svalbard in December 2017.
Further information, including on how to contribute a patch is at http://biodiverseedy.com.
With best wishes,
Third World Network