Environment, Health & education, Agriculture
We throw a call to build a community movement for safeguarding of vegetable and fruit species under threat and reclaim the basis of food sovereignty for a healthy and responsible food.
The ancient used to feed themselves on more than 3.000 edible vegetable species.
More than 500 vegetables could be found 150 years ago on the tables in France.
75% of the edible species have disapeared in less of one century.
(figures given by the UN and FAO)
Loss of skills and knowledge, and industrial standardization impoverished our food so that you have to eat 26 to-day's peaches to reach the nutrional value of 1 peach of the 50's.
In the past the apple's varieties contained 100% more vitamins than some modern varieties.
(Results of the recently published study Still No Free Lunch, Brian Halweil, World Watch Institute (USA)).
Freeing and democratizing the skills linked to the maintenance and reproduction of traditional vegetable and fruit seeds we shall :
Create an educational free on-line video program, accessible to all.
Safeguard and multiply 150 endangered ancient varieties facing extinction.
An example of educative video :
YOU ! US ! EVERYBODY !
With the support of associations of ecological gardening based on free exchanges and services such as « Incroyables Comestibles » (Incredible Edible), « Graines de Troc » (Seeds of barter) ...
Among our first partners
- Incredible Edible
- Slow Food
- Slow Money
They support us :
and many others, here in french.
On our site for those who speak French Graines de Vie
you will find :
incredible stories of vegetables
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Your participation and contribution will help to educate citizens and associations to reproduce seeds locally .
1/3 of the collected funds will help to create 200 ambassadors originated from the main movements and associations committed to save biodiversity. Those ambassadors will commit themselves to pass on their knowledge to 50 persons in the year.* Those ambassadors will receive a free 4 days formation in the Conservatory of Sainte Marthe, in Sologne, in the center of France. Here they will learn all secrets of reproducing and conserving seeds.
1/3 of the funds will be dedicated to create tutorial on-line free videos. This content will be produced in partnership with SIKANA Nature and the trainers of the Sainte-Marthe's farm. All the methods of reproduction and conservation of seeds will be illustrated so that they will democratize this knowledge.
1/3 of the collected funds will help to save 150 endangered vegetable and fruit varieties. These seeds will be distributed to the ambassadors « seeds of life ». * 200 ambassadors who will train 50 qualified people = 10 000 people