Something as small as a seed can have a worldwide impact. Did you know there are top-secret seed vaults hidden throughout the world? And once a seed disappears, that’s it—it’s gone forever? With the growth of genetically modified foods, the use of many seeds is dwindling—of 80,000 edible plants, only about 150 are being cultivated. With a global cast of men and women, scientists and laypeople, and photographic documentation, Nancy Castaldo chronicles where our food comes from, and more importantly, where it is going as she digs deeper into the importance of seeds in our world. This empowering book also calls young adult readers to action with suggestions as to how they can preserve the variety of one of our most valuable food sources through simple everyday actions. Readers of Michael Pollen will enjoy the depth and fascinatingly intricate social economy of seeds.
About the Author
Nancy Castaldo lives with her family in New York's Hudson Valley and is the regional advisor for SCBWI-Eastern New York. She is also a photographer.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Seeds at Risk 1
Chapter 2 Seed Pioneers 4
Chapter 3 Spoils of War 23
Chapter 4 Variety Is the Spice of Life 34
Chapter 5 The New Genetics 57
Chapter 6 A Return to Heirlooms 72
Chapter 7 The Ultimate Safety Net 85
Chapter 8 Hope and Action 102
Call to Action 110
Seed Libraries 116
Additional Resources 121
Authors Note 124
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Story Of Seeds was a fascinating and inspirational read, unlocking the past while also giving us a glimpse into the future of our food. This easy to read text was loaded with unsung heroes, easily digestible information, passion, hope and a plan for the future. This should be a staple in all middle school and high school libraries.
We all know there's something wrong with GMOs, but are hard put to explain it clearly. Not sure if this is a child's book or adult. But for my money, it's just the right amount of information to introduce either to the impending crisis of biodiversity in food crops in the world. Fascinating, informative, beautiful, historical--more than you'd ever expect from a book about seeds. A jumpstarter. As an artist who has been painting seeds, I will do so with purpose now and supporting biodiversity as a gardener and consumer. And surprise, my local library is a dedicated seed library. Have already ordered my own copy of this book--it belongs on my bookshelf and I plan to read it again. .