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Co-creating the future with a holistic approach

Presently 180,000 hectares are Demeter certified in 54 countries. The positive consequences for the earth, for global climate and for the nutrition of mankind are significant and offer encouraging perspectives.

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Creating fertile soil - from nature to culture

The Section for Agriculture at the Goetheanum has published the report of the Agriculture Conference 2017 "Creating fertile soil - from nature to culture".

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Demeter is getting popular in Asia

Biodynamic advisor and trainer Mr. Jakes Jayakaran reports that the Biodynamic Farming methods and Demeter standards are on the upswing in China, Taiwan and India.

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SEED: The Untold Story

SEED: The Untold Story is a new documentary film that will investigate the dramatic story of seeds, the basis of life on earth.

Von: Taggart Siegel
Inspiring film that unearths the dramatic story of seeds. From the creators of 'QUEEN OF THE SUN' & 'REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN'. Foto: Dr. Vandana Shiva among the finger millet at Navdanya's Seed Bank in Dehradun, India ***

Seed is not just the source of life. It is the very foundation of our being. - Vandana Shiva

SEED: The Untold Story is a new documentary film that will investigate the dramatic story of seeds, the basis of life on earth. For 12,000 years man has been nurturing and cultivating seeds to form the backbone of civilization. Now, 94% of our seed varieties have been lost and many more are nearing extinction. SEED unveils a David and Goliath battle for the future of our seeds by examining how five chemical corporations have taken control of seeds through patents, copyrights and genetic modification. These companies are placing ownership on the seeds, literally stealing the genetic material from our ancestors who nurtured these seeds for thousands of years. As Vandana Shiva says “the threat to seed freedom impacts the very fabric of human life and life on the planet.” Entertaining and engaging, SEED follows heroes working tirelessly to preserve agricultural diversity as well as the rich knowledge held by indigenous cultures. These farmers, scientists, and seed collectors such as Gary Paul Nabhan, Bill McDorman, Vandana Shiva, Harald Hoven, Native American Emigdio Ballon and Winona LaDuke are the visionaries and caretakers of many of the world’s remaining seeds. On an absorbing journey following a diverse cast of characters, we will witness a brave new movement as these heroes struggle to create a vibrant web of biodiversity and resilience. SEED will reveal the awe, wonder and hidden beauty of seeds. It will ignite the imagination of audiences, inspiring them to be part of a new movement to help sustain seed diversity. We will unearth the resilience and power that all seeds have to sustain, enliven and enrich our humanity.

OUR GOAL

Our goal with SEED is to make an inspiring, uplifting film that will encourage communities to take action and create positive change. SEED will be the third film in a trilogy that began with the award-winning films Real Dirt On Farmer John & Queen of the Sun. Through SEED, audiences will witness the beginnings of a new movement. In numerous agricultural centers around the world, SEED will follow farmers taking back their rights to seed, food and their land. SEED will inspire local communities to reverse an impending global food crisis by reclaiming seeds that can be freely dispersed, and adapted to their own conditions and culture. SEED will be an active community-driven film that will engage and inspire audiences around the world through broadcast, theatrical release, film festivals, community screenings, educational markets, Home DVD and video on demand. Collective Eye will also develop an educational curriculum for SEED and prepare for the distribution to K-12 schools, colleges, universities, public libraries, and other non-profit organizations. SEED will follow a similar but more robustly developed Educational Outreach model that we developed with REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN and QUEEN OF THE SUN. Working with our non-profit Collective Eye Films we will strategize with a global network to help relay the urgency of this global issue. SEED will be used as a tool to bolster advocacy for direct action that ranges from saving native seeds and habitats and implementing community initiatives, to creating national and international policy change. >> more ***
TAGGART SIEGEL (Director/Producer)
Taggart Siegel has been making award winning documentaries for 25 years. His recent film, QUEEN OF THE SUN: What are the Bees Telling Us?, winner of 11 international film festival awards, received critical-acclaim during its theatrical release. Roger Ebert calls it “Remarkable documentary that’s also one of the most beautiful nature films I’ve ever seen.” Siegel is also known for the grassroots hit REAL DIRT ON FARMER JOHN, winner of 31 international film festivals awards and broadcast and theatrically released worldwide.
JON BETZ (Director/Producer) Jon Betz is an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker. He was the producer and editor for the multi-award winning QUEEN OF THE SUN: What Are the Bees Telling Us? which was critically- acclaimed during it’s U.S. theatrical release and was heralded by The New York Times as “Revelatory! A Critic’s Pick” His previous film, MEMORIZE YOU SAW IT, is an intimate documentary about former-child soldiers in Eastern Uganda. Betz is a graduate from the Rhode Island School of Design and is the director of Collective Eye Films. 

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