The New York Times recently put organic seed in the spotlight with a pointed opinion piece by Dan Barber, titled: “Save Our Food. Free the Seed.” The piece follows the story of how market consolidation and privatization have reduced seed options for farmers, especially organic growers, and greatly impacted the quality of our food — minimizing flavor, good nutrition, and even the diversity of colors available, characteristics that eaters desire.
Throughout the piece Barber describes history-altering events — such as the patenting of life — while also celebrating the work of farmers, independent seed companies, and public plant breeders at our universities who are generating more genetic and crop diversity in our fields and on our plates.
Organic Seed Alliance is honored to be featured as part of the collection of organic seed leaders highlighted in the piece. We hope you’ll give this excellent piece a read. (Photo credits below: The New York Times)