Montclair’s Environmental Affairs office and Community Green are pleased to host another thought-provoking movie – Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds – a timely, emotionally moving documentary that illuminates what is at stake, and what can be done to protect the nutrient source of nearly all our food.
Seeds provide the basis for everything we grow in soil – from foods, to fabrics, to fuels; seeds are as essential to life as the air we breathe or water we drink… but given far less attention.
About 90% of the fruit and vegetable varieties that existed 100 years ago no longer exist today; seeds lovingly nurtured over hundreds of years have been lost forever. Maintaining seed biodiversity allows us to breed new varieties that are resistant to pests, or that thrive in temperature extremes, essential in our changing climate.
In the past, the seed was communal, a shared resource not unlike air or water. Today, corporations co-opt seed genetics using patent law, and corporate-owned seed is now 82% of the world’s market.
In “Open Sesame” we meet a diverse range of people whose lives center on seeds: farmers, renegade gardeners, passionate seed savers, artists; all are activists. This film tells the story of seeds by following the challenges and triumphs, as these seed activists try to save this precious resource.
It’s not too late…yet.
Please join us on April 16th at 7pm at the Montclair Public Library, and bring a friend, family member, or your neighbor to the film screening and the open discussion afterwards.
RSVP at the Community Green MeetUp page. For more information contact the Office of Environmental Affairs at 973-509-5721, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.