Gardening Seed Lecture and Film at NPR Library August 1

Gardening Seed Lecture and Film at NPR Library August 1

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Tampa, FL (July 13, 2017) – On Tues., Aug. 1 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Dell deChant, chair, Religious Studies Department, USF in Tampa, will present “SEED: The Untold Story” at the New Port Richey Public Library (5939 Main St.) in downtown New Port Richey.

“SEED: The Untold Story” is a multi-award winning film. Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind, in the last century 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared.

This film follows passionate seed keepers protecting a12,000 year-old food legacy. 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. SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel.

SEED is executive produced by Academy Award Winning Actress Marisa Tomei, Marc Turtletaub (Little Miss Sunshine) and Phil Fairclough (Grizzly Man, Cave of Forgotten Dreams).

The presentation will begin with a 60-minute version of the film followed by discussion along with question and answers. Refreshments will be served and every one is welcome to attend.

In today’s world many people are waking up to the vital importance of food integrity and the need for heirloom seeds for our future.  The library’s “Big Ideas” series welcomes Dell deChant is not only teaches at USF but is also a specialist in agrarianism and the ecology and he’ll lead the discussion about this timely film.  The library will also be celebrating the anniversary of its own seed exchange.

Dell deChant is Chair of the Environmental Committee of the City of New Port Richey, a founding member of Food\Policy Council of Pasco Country, a member of the Board of Directors of Ecology Florida and the steering committee for Friendship Farms & Fare. He is Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of South Florida.  

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