Last Summer Screening is this Month!

Wednesday June 18th,  7:30 PM

“OPEN SESAME – THE STORY OF SEEDS”

Who will you trust with the very source of most of your food? Join the Thunder Bay Environmental Film Network for the film “OPEN SESAME -THE STORY OF SEEDS”on Wednesday June 18, starting 7:30PM at the Paramount Theatre. Admission is free, donations are appreciated and the post-film discussion will be lively. Bring a friend and your family and see you at the movies! Google us for more details.

ABOUT THE FILM:

Open Sesame – The Story of Seeds
Directed by: M. Sean Kaminsky
USA/India/Canada 2013.
82 min.

Open Sesame – The Story of Seeds is a feature length documentary about a tiny part of the food chain with a big impact: SEEDS. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Sean Kaminsky, the film looks at the exceptional challenges that face seeds and our food supply.

One of the world’s most precious resources is at risk and most people don’t know that is happening or what to do. This groundbreaking film will help others learn what is at stake and what can be done to protect the source of nearly all our food: SEEDS.

While the price of gold and oil skyrockets the fate of our most priceless commodity is ignored. Seeds provide the basis for everything from fabric, to food to fuels. Seeds are as essential to life as the air we breathe or water we drink…but given far less attention. Over the past one hundred years, seeds have steadily shifted from being common heritage to sovereign property.

Biopiracy: Large corporations are stealing seed varieties from under us by slowly patenting them. The fruit and vegetable varieties we enjoy today exist because of choices our ancestors made. People saved seed from one healthy plant versus another and new varieties were created. This means your grandparents, great grandparents or perhaps much further back depending on your family history. We share ownership of more than ten thousand years of collective agricultural blood, sweat and toil that has allowed civilization to flourish. This is our agricultural Commons.

In the past, seeds were communal. They were a shared resource not unlike the water we drink or the air we breathe. One hundred years ago things started to change. Today, corporate-owned seed accounts for 82% of the world-wide market. Seeds are no longer ‘free’ or open source, they are proprietary.

 

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