Encyclopedia of Food and Agricultural Ethics

2019 Edition
| Editors: David M. Kaplan

Saving Seeds

  • Garrett Graddy-LovelaceEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-024-1179-9_79

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Introduction

Saving seeds is an ancient and universal practice that has both grounded and propelled agriculture for millennia. The widespread transition from “hunter-gatherer” to “agriculturalist” among humans – dated these days at 12,000 years ago – centered on the domestication of edible wild plants into cultivated crops: in short, the selecting and saving of seed with desired traits so as to replant later and/or elsewhere. The practice of saving seeds has always entailed complex social and cultural dimensions, as seeds have physical as well as metaphysical currency in many agrarian societies. The people in a community who held the responsibility of saving seeds – often women, often elders – were endowed with a critical social obligation and function. This is still the case in traditionally agrarian communities across the continents. As...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of International ServiceAmerican UniversityWashingtonUSA