The plight of endangered species is a popular subject in wildlife programming and documentary films, but lesser known is the story of the disappearance of seed varieties.
Beginning with the statistic that 94% of seed varieties have disappeared over the past century, the film explores the network of farmers, scientists, lawyers and indigenous seed keepers taking on agribusiness and biotech companies producing on geneticially modified foods a bid to reverse humans’ reliance on only a few types of seeds.
In the below clip, self-described “corn hippie” Patrick Simcox and botanical explorer Joe Simcox unpack a haul of Peruvian corn seeds and the latter Simcox describes his life-long obsession with bags of beans.
Executive produced by Marisa Tomei, Marc Turtletaub (Little Miss Sunshine) and Phil Fairclough (Grizzly Man, Cave of Forgotten Dreams), the doc world premiered at the D.C. Environmental Film Festival in May and has screened at the Seattle International Film Festival as well as festivals in Boston, Nashville and Florida.
- SEED: The Untold Story screens at Sheffield Doc/Fest on June 10 and 13. Visit the festival’s website for info.
- Check out an exclusive clip below.