When many farmers in the U.S. think of amaranth, most imagine a weed getting in the way of corn and soybean production. Dr. Matthew Blair is hoping to change this perception. A recipient of the Tony Kleese Award for his contributions to promoting an open, sustainable food system, Blair is a Professor at Tennessee State University (TSU). There, he focuses not on the amaranth weed, but rather on the edible grain amaranths, which are notable… Read more
Why The People’s Seed?
Seeds are the foundation of our food supply and hold enormous potential for a thriving food and farming system for all
Farmers lack access to seeds that grow best in their local area, which prevents their success and requires more pest and disease management
Corporate ownership of seeds blocks access to scientific freedom for improving plant varieties that benefit everyone
A new model and funding system for a fair and open seed industry is needed to ensure a sustainable, climate adapted food system for the future