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Seed Battles

A film by Kees Brouwer

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Hidden deep inside a massive mountain in inhospitable Spitsbergen, Norway, is the most important vault in the world: the Global Seed Vault. It is 20 degrees below zero and the vault is able to withstand earthquakes, floods, missile attacks and nuclear disaster.

The 'Doomsday Vault' as it is called, is the life's work of the inspired American professor Cary Fowler. Its mission is to be a "backup" for as many of the world's crops as possible, and a toolbox for seed breeders.

This is vital, for by 2050 there will be 9 billion mouths to feed. But the success of the vault also shows its downside. The increasing strategic importance of seeds give rise to a fundamental debate: to whom do the seeds belong?

Not all countries are willing to donate their seed collections to the vault. Emerging economies regard their own seeds as a green gold mine, for which others will have to pay. And large seed companies patent their latest seeds. So as seeds become less freely available, what will be the implications of declining diversity?

On the occasion of the vault's five-year anniversary, Cary Fowler met with the international management committee in Spitsbergen to discuss the current deadlock, and in this context SEED BATTLES travels the world to gain insights into the political and strategic game that is being played. The stakes: our daily bread.

"This film will be of interest to those interested in conserving biodiversity by ensuring that plant generations are not lost to posterity. Recommended." Educational Media Reviews Online

Official Selection, Chicago Botanic Garden
Official Selection, Orange County Museum of Art

50 minutes / Color
English; Dutch / English subtitles
Release: 2014
Copyright: 2014

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Subject areas:
Agriculture, Biology, China, Closed Captioned, Development, Economics, Environment, Ethics, Food, Food & Hunger, Globalization, Sustainability

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