Seed Banks Protect Biodiversity

Seed banks are instrumental for amassing, saving, and exchanging indigenous seed varieties that might in any other case be misplaced. According to Biodiversity International, plant range is a part of the answer for serving to farmers deal with world warming and excessive climate outcomes. 

ISKCON News revealed a captivating exterior article on an Indian seed bank in 2013. This problem is now much more related in the present day. 

In my view, seed banks are indispensable for safeguarding biodiversity and strengthening ISKCON’s farm communities, because the planet faces elementary disruptions to world meals programs.

Unfortunately, analysis signifies world agriculture has moved in the wrong way. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), for the reason that 1900s roughly 75% of the world’s plant genetic range has been misplaced, largely because of the widespread adoption of economic farming strategies. Specifically, farmers have come to rely too closely on the identical one or two sorts of seed bought from agribusiness companies. 

Commercial seeds are genetically engineered so that they can’t be replanted and are solely appropriate for a comparatively slim vary of rising circumstances due to their genetic uniformity. Industrial farming, which is predicated largely on monoculture fairly than crop range, is extremely weak to sizzling and risky climate, in addition to to will increase in pests and illnesses such climate will carry.

I’d recommend that as local weather change continues to destabilize world agricultural programs, ISKCON farm communities would require a wider vary of seed and plant species. A diversified portfolio of crop varieties tends to be extra resilient to variable quantities of rain, altering temperatures, saline circumstances, and rising pests and illnesses. 

With its quite a few facilities that span the globe, I really feel that ISKCON is uniquely positioned to carry biodiversity to new heights. ISKCON is a multinational group, with roots in a variety of nations, local weather zones, and agronomic circumstances.  Given its inhabitants of observant devotees with a confirmed capacity to improvise, ISKCON is able to constructing an array of seed banks in varied international locations that trade worthwhile info with one another. In any case, it’s an goal indisputable fact that meals sovereignty is inconceivable with out seed sovereignty. 

Suresh Persaud is a retired Agricultural Economist, previously with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).



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