What if we told that seeds could be more valuable than money? Worth more than the currency in our bank account, the coins in that jar on the shelf. We’d think we might be going crazy right? Well a seed bank might save us some money going forwards after we have started it but a seed bank is so much more than just finances.
A seed bank is an insurance policy. It is a way to store native and heirloom seeds for fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs and to preserve them to use in later years to grow in case of extinction, climate changes, war or catastrophic events occur which destroy our regular supply of seeds. Without seeds (or pollinating insects like bees) we wouldn’t have food, our survival depends on nature and working with it, not by controlling it.
It is so important now to save as many plant species as we can from going extinct and we are losing more and more plant species globally due to pests, disease, pollution, climate change and human activities. Even the varieties of produce we eat has declined massively. According to the movie Seed: the Untold Story, cabbage for example once had 544 varieties available but very few now remain available. Do you wonder what those lost varieties of cabbage may have looked like or tasted like? Maybe they were excellent keepers which could withstand prolonged frosts in the that climates or maybe they didn’t get bitter and run to seed in other climates. Unfortunately, we will never know.