Global Seed Savers is a Denver, Colorado based international non-profit organization committed to building hunger free and healthy communities with access to sustainable farmer produced seeds and food.
We are committed to supporting food security in the Philippines. Through educating and empowering farmers to return to the historical practice of saving seeds they are no longer dependent on purchasing seeds after each planting and forced to use harmful chemicals to grow these seeds. Through our education and training programs Filipino Organic Farmers gain the hands-on skills and knowledge they need to propagate, store, save, and sell their own regionally adapted organic seeds. This empowers farmers to be self-sufficient and ensures that organic seeds are more readily available throughout the Philippines.
Since, 2015 Global Seed Savers has accomplished the following:
• Trained over 400 farmers in seed saving practices and sustainable agriculture.
• Conducted over 1000 hours of technical training programs for farmers.
• Doubled the membership of the Benguet Association of Seed Savers (BASS) from 7 to 20 farmers.
• Opened the first of its kind Seed Library in the Philippines, stocked with over 30 different varieties of locally produced non-chemical seeds.
• Local seed production saves our farmers on average $100/annually. Which is more than 30% of their annual income.
• Launched programming in two new regions of the Philippines.
Join us for our 4th Annual Film Screening Event of Modified: A Food Lovers Journey into GMO’s on Thursday, April 26th from 6pm-8pm at our collaborative office space the Posner Center for International Development. Modified is a a feature-length documentary-memoir that questions why genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not labeled on food products in Canada and the United States, despite being labeled in 64 other countries around the world. Shot over a span of ten years, the film follows the grassroots struggle to label GMO foods, exposing the cozy relationship between the biotech industry and governments. The film is anchored in the moving story of the filmmaker’s relationship to her mom, a prolific gardener, seed saver, and food activist who died of cancer while the film’s production was underway. Interweaving the personal and the political, the film uses family home video archives and playful cooking and farming vignettes from the filmmaker’s award-winning PBS cooking show, in a mouth-watering celebration of homegrown food. The mother-daughter investigative journey skillfully debunks the myth that GMOs are needed to feed the world, making a strong case for a more transparent and sustainable food system.