The East End Food Co-op, Pittsburgh’s only member-owned natural foods grocery store, has served the community for over three decades by providing access to a variety of organic and local products. The establishment also hosts a number of classes, lectures, and special events that offer education on how to sustain healthier, more eco-conscious lifestyles. On June 19th, East End Co-op turns a critical eye on GMOs with a screening of the documentary Seeds of Freedom.
Narrated by actor Jeremy Irons, Seeds of Freedom highlights the extent to which the industrial agricultural system, and genetically modified (GM) seeds in particular, has impacted the agro-biodiversity evolved by farmers and communities around the world. It charts the story of seed from its roots at the heart of traditional, diversity-rich farming systems across the world, to being transformed into a powerful commodity, used to monopolise the global food system. In tracking the story of seed it becomes clear how the corporate agenda has driven the take over of seed in order to make vast profit and control of the global food system. Through interviews with leading international experts such as Dr. Vandana Shiva and Henk Hobbelink, and through the voices of a number of African farmers, the film also highlights how the loss of indigenous seed goes hand in hand with loss of biodiversity and related knowledge; the loss of cultural traditions and practices; the loss of livelihoods; and the loss of food sovereignty.
Seeds of Freedom screens at 6:30 p.m. A presentation from Food & Water Watch representative Kate Safin will follow the film. The event is free, but those interested must reserve a spot by calling 412-242-3598.