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Open Sesame

Runtime: 81m 51s | Release date: 2015

This film features: Dr. Vandana Shiva, Jeffrey Smith.

One of the world’s most precious resources is at risk. This timely and emotionally moving film illuminates what is at stake and what can be done to protect the source of nearly all our food: SEEDS. Seeds provide the basis for everything from fabric to food to fuels. Seeds are as essential to life as the air we breathe or water we drink…but given far less attention.

According to the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN), approximately 90 percent of the fruit and vegetable varieties that existed 100 years ago no longer exist today. Heritage grain is near extinction. Seeds that were lovingly nurtured over decades or even hundreds of years have been lost forever. Maintaining seed biodiversity allows us to breed new varieties that are resistant to pests or thrive in temperature extremes. This is essential in a changing climate.

Meanwhile, corporations are co-opting seed genetics using patent law. In the past, seeds were communal. They were a shared resource, not unlike the water we drink or the air we breathe. One hundred years ago, things started to change. Today, corporate-owned seed accounts for 82% of the world-wide market.

In this film, you will meet a diverse range of individuals whose lives center around seeds. Farmers. Renegade gardeners. Passionate seed savers. Artists. Seed activists. This film tells the story of seeds by following their challenges and triumphs as they work to save this precious resource.

It’s not too late…yet.

Featuring:

Ken Greene
Bill McDorman
Gary Nabhan
Vandana Shiva
William Woys Weaver
Diane Ott Whealy
Jeffrey Smith

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Rosalind Fritz | 3 months, 3 weeks ago
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Kathleen Smyth | 4 months, 3 weeks ago
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Karelle | FMTV | 4 months, 3 weeks ago
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sarah redding | 1 year, 2 months ago
This is film is fantastically informative. But, for 'mainstream' to accept the need for change, the speakers should try to be less emotional. Whilst I appreciate how difficult this when such stakes are involved, this is how we will make more of the public understand the need of urgency we now find ourselves in. We need to create a new movement via the consumer at base line. If more of us do not insist on organic, we will never win. I notice amongst our circle of friends the subject of the food chain is now a priority (we are in Europe), but the lack of education (through nobody's fault of their own) is still astounding.
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John Bolton | 1 year, 8 months ago
I cannot watch the video because there is a message saying due to privacy settings this video cannot be played here. I have a valid paid up account why can I not view this video. Ive read other people complaining also they cannot see videos they have paid for. Maybe it is time to fix this issue as it is most disturbing to have paid a subscription and not be able to watch the content we have paid for
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Pauline Balidiong | FMTV | 1 year, 8 months ago
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