Save heirloom seed stock through the Bay Area Seed Interchange Library (BASIL)

The world's seed supply is in crisis.


After World War II F-1 hybrid seeds began to replace open-pollinated (or heirloom) seed stock. The large agribusinesses that sprang up preferred the hybrids because they produced a uniform crop with uniform maturation, generated higher yields, and tended to have greater resistance to disease. Plus monocropping (growing one species of seed on vast tracts of land) is more efficient and profitable because a single crop is easier to harvest and tend than multiple crops or species. Read more...

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