The Untold Story

DVD - 2016
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Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds, worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. Seed: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94 percent of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds.
Publisher: Portland, OR : Collective Eye Films, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
Branch Call Number: 631.531 SEED
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 94 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in.
widescreen (16:9)
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Nov 26, 2020

Another documentary DVD, H20: The Molecule That Made Us (2020), has a short discussion on the miracle of seeds. This documentary is specific about seeds and their keepers. But now giant corporations have been privatizing seeds that farmers are forced to repurchase seeds every season. Consequences are clearly not all good.

Note: It started with a seed that weighed just a few grams. And it's able to build it, the whole thing: any plant from a beautiful flower, sweet tomatoes or a giant sequoia tree, from gas, water, and sunshine, right? No, stop and think about this, what technology we have that match that?

Nov 12, 2020

You must watch this and know what is really going on around you. One of the best documentary about the real evils on earth. By knowing this we can protect the earth and our children and grandchildren

orchids3lady Apr 13, 2019

Excellent commentary about our seed reserves and how and why we have lost up to 80% of the varieties in different plant species over the years. The first 80% of the movie is fact filled, informative and easy to listen to. I did not agree with some of the broad generalizations of the later part of the movie. Worth seeing for the first 3/4 or so.

Jan 17, 2019

Wow. We humans are off track, and could starve to death if we do not see, and fix it-- soon.

Apr 17, 2018

a well done movie
informative and entertaining

Jan 22, 2018

Excellent movie, should be seen by everyone.

Dec 28, 2017

Good, but I didn't think it was the greatest. The best part was that it conveyed a crucially important message, and a warning to us all. Just imagine a world where the vast majority of our food came from a handful of genetic sources, all of them owned by huge corporations. I guess that's when it will be pretty much over for civilization as we know it. The truly scary thing is that we are already perilously close to this reality.

Weaknesses included:
-parts of it were little more than an anti-Monsanto rant.
-some of the contributors were a little more than over-the-top.

Oct 27, 2017

Monsanto and all government employees working with them should all go to jail!

Sep 25, 2017

Excellent! Every man woman and child should see the documentary. GMO's & pesticides are ruining our planet. Was shocked to see some places in Hawaii residents have to wear gas masks because of the contaminated soil blowing in the wind from test plots. School children are taken to hospitals when pesticide spray drifts to their schools. It's not right our government allowed Monsanto to patent their GMO seeds. Farmers are being sued by Monsanto when they try to use their own seed for replanting. Please watch bonus features and extra scenes,


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Nov 26, 2020

Jane Goodall's conversation about her personal relationship to seeds and biodiversity:

I was very, very fortunate when I was a child, there was a fantastic tree. My tree began from a tiny little seed and I spent hours and hours up in the branches of that tree. And how magic that it could actually grow into a big tree. That tree is still in the garden today.

Seeds are so crafty. There is a power, it's a magic. To me it's magic. It's a life force is so strong. There are seeds that rely on fire There are seeds that tangle up in the hair of an animal. They get carried for miles. There are seeds that can't germinate unless they pass through the gut of an animal. Darwin was amazed that a seed grew after it had been 21 hours in the stomach of an owl.

Nov 26, 2020

Henry Kissinger said "If you want to control the country, control the oil, if you want to control the people, control the food."

Vandana Shiva says, "If you want to control the food, control the seed."

When seed started to become a patented product sold by corporations, you destroy seed freedom.
A seed is a doorway between the life of the old plant and its gift to the new plant. Our teachers are the plants. And they're teaching us that they have to sacrifice themselves in order to be able to give something to the next generation. It's a form of reincarnation.

Nov 26, 2020

The egregious lawsuit p1 of 2:

In 1998, we were just beginning harvesting canola in the middle of August. My neighbor had grown GMO canola and our fields were contaminated. And a bus station phoned up and I thought that's unusual and they said there's a parcel here for you. Later on that evening, open it, here's a lawsuit from Monsanto, and I didn't think much of it! What's this patent infringement? Didn't even know what that was.

Nov 26, 2020

The egregious lawsuit p2 of 2:

Our family lawyer looked at me and he says,
"Percy, I think you're in trouble."
I said "What for?"
Well, he said, "They're charging you that you have their GMO seeds,"
and I said, "What are GMO seeds?"
The judge's stated that it does not matter how you're contaminated. You violate the patent and you no longer own your seeds.
That right should never be taken away from a farmer. You are taking seed that has been there for thousands of years and put a patent on it and say you own it. Basically it's robbery. To me, that's really a violation of human rights.


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