Well there are lots of ways this is important-
– our oral traditions
– the built environment
– our performing arts
– styles of dress
would be just a few examples.
But at an individual or family level we can achieve only so much. Some things are so important they need to be at a national level. And some of them can be surprisingly easy to achieve. Let’s start with seed saving.
These are a pea variety called Gladstone. Grown in our garden. You can’t buy these seeds anywhere. They’re prohibited. Not registered. Only registered seed varieties from registered providers can legally be sold in the European Union. But we can grow them if we have them, save the seed and give them away. They’re a magnificently high cropping Victorian variety that just didn’t make the big company agenda. Amazing how many seed companies got bought out by massive companies. Amazing how they have lobbied for EU legislation that nearly banned seed exchange.
Every variety lost is not just a hit on our heritage it’s also a hit on our future food security. We need biodiversity to survive. You can do it too. Just save your own seeds and share them with others. Together we are strong.