If you’ve ever flipped through a seed catalog, you know that the variety of produce that exists is many thousands of times larger than the mix that you most often see at the grocery store.
(And if you haven’t, you’re missing out on some seriously fascinating and beautiful stuff. My favorite is the Whole Seed Catalog from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds in Mansfield, Mo.)
The lack of seed diversity is troubling to many people in the agriculture and food industries because monocultures are at high risk for disease that could wipe out entire crops at a time. To help explain what seed savers around the world are doing to protect biodiversity, filmmaker Sandy McLeod has created a documentary called "Seeds of Time" that is making its North American debut at South by Southwest Film this week.
The movie follows Cary Fowler, one of the founders of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault on the frozen Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, as he travels to some of the world’s foremost gene banks to talk with seed savers about their efforts.
The movie is screening three times next week. You can catch it at 11 a.m. Monday at Violet Crown Cinema, 4:30 p.m. March 12, at the Rollins Theatre at the Long Center, or 11:30 a.m. March 14 at the Rollins. Priority seating is given to SXSW badgeholders, but members of the public can buy single tickets at the venues. You can find out more about the documentary and watch the trailer at seedsoftimemovie.com.