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Janisse Ray

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The Seed Underground 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.... Full description

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Well Done! 27 juillet 2012
Par S. Young - Publié sur
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In a day and age where many Americans don't care where their food comes from it's nice to see that there are those protecting something so key to our existence. I am an heirloom seed gardener and am always surprised to realize that in the area where I live I'm the ONLY one who knows what heirloom seeds are let alone use them.

That's probably why I finished this book in two days. Janisse Ray has an incredible way of getting you a front row seat on her discovery and exploration of the world of gardening and heirloom seeds that are becoming extinct, where we had thousands of varieties of plants a hundred plus years ago; they are dwindling to hundreds or less.

Ray also tells about something even more worrying - the big Agriculture companies that are genetically modifying our food for the `better' (my sarcasm) are trying to get the rights to own heirlooms so we're stuck with their frankenfoods and no way to grow any crops without their stuff. We all know about it, but I think she gives a good kick in the behind to remind us that we NEED to stand up to them and say NO! We don't want your junk anymore!

This isn't a book on how to actually save seeds from your garden, she touches on it and gives information on where to find it, these are stories about the people actually preserving these seeds and about how we need to stand up with these revolutionaries and do this ourselves.

Wonderful book, powerful message. If you like to garden, but don't know about heirlooms, read it. If you LOVE to garden and know about heirlooms or want to know more about those that save them, read it. If you don't care to garden... dear lord, start now, but do it right. This book is a good place to start.

5 Stars - excellent writing, informative
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Must read for those concern and in need of growing heirloom crops 3 août 2012
Par Beth DeRoos - Publié sur
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Love this book for a variety of reasons. First off we started living an off the grid, be self sufficient as much as possible lifestyle back in 2001. And no, not because of 9/11. We simply wanted a more simple lifestyle here in the California Sierras. And then there was the fact we kept reading more and more about companies like Monsanto buying up seed companies, and Mennonite, Amish and heirloom seed friends told me that I needed to start growing heirloom, organic vegetables, grains and saving the seeds so that no matter what happened we could grow as much of our own food as possible.

Starting on page 35 the author shares some of the same major concerns we had back then, which have gotten even worse. Starting with 1) Our Food Is Going Extinct. She notes that in the last century 94% of vintage open pollinated fruit and vegetable varieties vanished. And that' we're hemorrhaging old varieties despite the productivity adaptation and delicious taste of many heirloom varieties'. 2) Our Food Supply Is Being Stolen From Us. She notes she believes this is because of big corporations for varies reasons, often (in my view) because of stock holders and the need to put profit over health.

3)Our Food Supply Is Being Bought Out From Under Us. This is where companies like Monsanto comes in. Have seen some excellent documentaries where sincere film makers have tried hard to get companies like Monsanto to share their side of the story, to no avail. Again profit over health. 4)Bad Food Has Been Forced Down Our Throat. Love this section because of the growing concern about HFCS (high fructose corn sugars) and GMO crops (genetically modified organism) which are no longer as nature created, but have been altered my humans. Again there are a number of excellent documentaries about good salt of the earth farmers who did not want what Monsanto was pushing and saved the seeds for the next years crop and were sued.

5)Our Food Is Hazardous To Our Health. Reading this section of the book I was reminded of serious discussions I have had with people online and in my daily life who comment about how we never ever had the food allergies even thirty years ago that we have today. And that is has to be tied to big ag and all the GMO crops mixed with pesticides often made by Monsanto as well. Whole healthy heirloom organic varieties of fruits, vegetables and grains never caused the health problems we see today.

6)Our Food Is Harming The Earth. Amen to that! The author notes that by 2006 eighty million acres were being planted with Roundup-Ready crops, that were being sprayed with Roundup which are Monsanto products. As the author notes we are now seeing how some weeds have become resistant to Roundup in only eight years. This past week NPR noted that farmers are seeing their expensive farm equipment being damaged by the GMO created Roundup products, because the stalks on some plants are akin to bamboo that is broken off and you end up with a bamboo spear which punctures tires. And that farmers are looking to the military for help, since military vehicles have tires that can withstand such bamboo spear type damage.

7)Our Food Annihilates Pollinators. Being a beekeeper many of us have suggested that there is a serious need to have more folks planting more heirloom open pollinated crops which provide healthy food for bees, and healthy food crops. 8)Our Food Is Nutritionally Impotent. The author shares that in one study done at the University of Texas at Austin found that during the past fifty years there has been a decline in six nutrients:protein, calcium,phosphorus,iron,riboflavin,and vitamin C, and that these drops range from 6% to as much as 38%. She then goes into detail how and why. 9)Our Food Threatens Democracy. 'Thomas Jefferson said he didn't think democracy was possible unless at least 20% of the population was self supporting on small farms', and that 'these farmers would be independent enough to be able to tell an oppressive government to stuff it'.

Much of the book is about the authors many visits with walk the talk folks who have been growing heirloom foods for decades and how they believe we as a nation need to get serious about this. She traveled to many states, spoke with experts and tried hard to do a book that is fair but also bluntly honest.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Lyrical, inspiring 7 août 2012
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This book addresses a key element of a critial problem - our food supply in general and seeds in particular - this book has a lyrical, storytelling quality that is a pleasure to read. Her passion and concern and life experiences are woven in through the stories of some odd characters in seed-saving and some chilling information about what's happening. Her writing reminds me of Gene Logsdon.

I'm a gardener and seed-saver, and I have been watching as a carrot I like, Oxheart, is disappearing from the catalogs; it's been some years since I saw it offered. And it's now gone from the SSE member listings too. I've been trying to save this carrot, though I don't feel competent for the task. So, while I didn't really need convincing, still this book has been very inspiring. Since finishing the book, I've went out and collected lettuce seed, set some tomato seeds or a rare variety to fermenting, sown another round of the Oxheart carrot seed, and written/called the governor and the state dept of Ag about a local GMO seed issue.

Her discussion of the role of "hope" in activism is very though-provoking; it's hard to find hope sometimes! But love doesn't depend on hope, and love can motivate you when things seem to have no hope.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Oops. 27 février 2013
Par Tomorryo - Publié sur
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Oops, I thought this was going to have a lot more information on the process of saving seeds. Instead it's more of a memoir on another terrifying way we're destroying our health and the planet. It was a little dry for me - this is not the book for you if you're wanting to learn about how to save seeds! If you already know how to save seeds or want to know WHY to save them, then this is the book for you. Hope this helps your decision!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A personal look at the loss of food-crop genetic diversity 30 juillet 2012
Par Michael A. Duvernois - Publié sur
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About 94% of the seed varieties available a hundred years ago are gone. That genetic diversity, the weird-to-us eggplants, okra, potatoes, and corn, is lost forever and a lot more is soon to be lost if we don't hold onto our open-pollinated seeds. Eating local, and the wonderful heirloom vegetables, has become fashionable, but the range of food plants we currently enjoy is a small, and shrinking, fraction of the total genetic material. Tomatoes that travel better, and taste like nothing, corn genetically modified to be immune to roundup, and the potatoes for McDonalds fries have replaced the staggering variety of plants that used to be available.

The book is nearly lyrical in its praise for the seeds that can give us better foods. Well-written and quite approachable.
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