You’ve heard about how good things come in small packages, right? Well, the fact is that seeds are another perfect example of a particularly little package of immense goodness. But like many species today there are also seed varieties going extinct or becoming endangered.
To prove why seed companies are investing in conservation efforts and better storage methods, think about these facts:
Seeds can help improve produce quality
One of the professions which relies most heavily on seed companies is farming. The agricultural industry relies heavily on agricultural products such as maize and corn to turn a profit, and many countries use this as a primary source of export income. But what can farmers do if the quality of their crops dwindles?
Seed conservation and storage provides farmers with a source of good quality seeds, especially from seed companies that make a point of collecting good quality product. These better quality seeds can then be used when planting, constantly bringing in better seeds with every season and essentially breeding better quality seeds for the future.
This ensures that farmers produce top quality agricultural products, and potentially in higher yields which will have adapted to the environment and its natural challenges. Of course, this also relies on some conservation of seeds on the part of the farmer as opposed to always buying, thereby conserving the best to combine with what is bought.
Seeds can be vital to land restoration
Seed suppliers in South Africa, a country familiar with the ecological rehabilitation needs following mining operations, have come to recognise the value of seeds in this process. And not just any seeds, but specifically native seeds.
Seeds that are native to a certain area are ideally suited to growing there, so planting native seeds on a site that needs rehabilitation provides a great chance of success. The only limitation to this approach, especially where native flora is being consistently removed, is the availability of the correct seed variety. That is why it is important for seed companies to store and preserve as many varieties of seeds as possible, so that they can be used if and where needed.
Seeds feed countless individuals
Think about it: if you watch a documentary about countries where people are starving to death, what is the most common solution? What do humanitarian agencies provide them with, and what is the one food source generally available? The answer is almost always some variety of seed or grain like rice, maize, and so on.
These seeds and grains don’t just feed the starving though; they also feed even the wealthiest in society. So we need to make sure to conserve our seeds, otherwise even bread could disappear from the menu.