To see things in the seed, that is genius. — Lao Tzu
I guess Lao Tzu did not factor that there would be two types of geniuses born. Those, like a handful of greedy corporations, who use seeds to control, govern and enslave, and those — like traditional farmers and permaculturists — who nurture the future of humanity through them.
In the last 50 years, agriculture has dramatically shifted from small scale traditional practices to humongous capitalist ventures. Seeds, the source of all life forms, were doomed to suffer the most from this deviation. They rapidly became the tool of economic bondage. It is precisely this poignant story that Jess Phillimore in association with The African Biodiversity Network and The Gaia Foundation decided to document. Seeds of Freedom (2012) explores the indelible impact that the corporate control of seeds has left on traditional agriculture. The film takes us through the successive collapse of indigenous biodiversity, traditional practices and lifestyles while revealing the disasters caused by the systematic imprisonment of agriculture.
If you are lucky enough, you might be able to attend the first official public screenings held in London or maybe this March as they are hoping to participate at the Food Film Festival in Amsterdam. If not, the African Biodiversity Network hopes to offer it to the public free online. So, whether you will be in Europe or anywhere else in the world, make sure you watch for this vital testimony.