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Local Bites is a podcast tracking the rise of localist movements and ideas from around the world. The podcast features critical voices and inspiring examples from the worldwide movement for localization. The program is produced by Local Futures / International Society for Ecology & Culture.

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September 9, 2014 @ 10:16 am

Episode 5 - Seeds of Resilience, Seeds of Sovereignty

DebalDeb2crop.jpgHumanity has lost nearly three-quarters of its agricultural biodiversity in the last century. Now, in the face of an increasingly volatile climate, conserving the remaining seed diversity is a matter of survival. In this episode, Local Bites interviews ecologist and renowned seed conservationist, Dr. Debal Deb on the value of traditional seeds in an unstable world. Deb argues that traditional seeds are vitally important, not just to ensure food security, but also for protecting local food sovereignty against the corporate control of food systems around the world. Deb shares insights from his work conserving and sharing over 900 indigenous seed varieties in eastern India, and he talks about why ecological farming, a communitarian ethos, and localization are all key components of his conservation efforts.

For more information about Dr. Deb's work, read Seed Savior, or watch one of these short films by Jason Taylor of The Source Project: "The Farmer, the Architect and the Scientist" (made for The Gaia Foundation), and "Food Web Theory". 

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