Seeds of Time


Sandy McLeod
2013 | 77 minutes | USA, Denmark, Norway, Peru, Russia
New York Premiere | Director in Attendance

As the global population increases exponentially and the accelerating effects of climate change affect farmers on every continent in more and more significant and tangible ways, a battle is unfolding behind the scenes to protect the future of our food. Starvation-inspired rioting brought on by crop failures is dramatic—less acute yet more dangerous are the deteriorating state of plant gene banks and the dramatic decline of crop diversity around the world. This riveting film follows former executive director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust Cary Fowler as he races against time, from Rome to Russia and, finally, to a remote island under the Arctic Circle, on a quest to create a sustainable framework for the global food system. Paralleling Fowler’s efforts is that of activist Alejandro Argumedo, who advises “The Potato Park” in Peru, where a group of indigenous farmers work to preserve over 1,500 native varieties of potato. Both are engaged in finding the key to saving the one resource we cannot live without: our seeds.

Preceded by the Mead Mixer, a daily happy hour in Cafe on One from 6-7:30 pm