To us sustainable ag advocates, seeds are sacred. Ken Greene, co-founder of the Hudson Valley Seed Library–note that it’s a library, as opposed to a bank–said it best:
Seeds are, by nature, about sharing. They are community resources. Saving seeds is about survival, both of the plants and people who depend on them, but this is survival through cooperation, not competition. Through the Seed Library we are trying to change the way people think about and treat seeds. We are trying to move seeds from being seen as commodities to be traded or profited from, to cultural and nutritive resources to be protected, shared, and celebrated.
As opposed to, you know, making them the foundation for your get-rich-quick scheme to pick the pockets of tinfoil hat-wearing teabaggers.
By embracing the Survival Seed Bank as a sponsor, Glenn Beck is treading on peak oil prophet James Howard Kunstler’s turf. Kunstler, author of The Long Emergency: Surviving the End of Oil, Climate Change, and Other Converging Catastrophes of the Twenty-First Century, has been warning us to start growing our own food for years.
But Kunstler’s message is anathema to the defenders of American Excess-tionalism. In his forecast for 2010, Kunstler predicts that we’ll have to learn to live without “all the trappings of comfort and convenience now taken as entitlements”:
…we must return to some traditional American life-ways that we abandoned for the cheap oil life of convenience, comfort, obesity, and social atomization…
…The successful people in America moving forward will be those who attach themselves to cohesive local communities, places with integral local economies and sturdy social networks, especially places that can produce a significant amount of their own food.
Note that for Kunstler, growing your own food is just one component of a revitalized local economy, a renewed civic spirit, and a renouncement of our car-based, consumption-crazed culture.
And he’s right. We do urgently need to relocalize our far-flung, fossil fueled food chain. We need to reclaim our farmland, empower a new generation of gardeners and farmers, and invest the capital required to “accelerate the transition from an economy based on extraction and consumption to an economy based on preservation and restoration,” in the words of eco-preneur Woody Tasch, founder of the Slow Money Alliance.
But you won’t find the answers to these challenges in a sealed plastic pipe from a Beck-sanctioned scam artist.
Heirloom seeds ARE hard to find, but they can be had for much more reasonably than $164!
I think it's interesting that this kind of company/commercial even exists, because it shows that some people in the public are thinking about the need to produce our own food, regardless of how ridiculous the post-apocalyptic future reasons.
Garnish in the time of zombies