For this week’s “In the News,” we’re focusing on seeds and climate change. We at CROPP Cooperative (Organic Valley) believe seeds – and seed saving – are a vital part of a healthy food and farming system. Seeds are an important part of every human’s life. It is from seeds that our food grows and our planet thrives.

Unfortunately, in the last few months, seeds and world hunger have been unavoidable topics. Many countries are facing situations where their farming systems are no longer sustainable and their regionally adapted seeds are being destroyed, whether by war or through climate change. Millions are going without food, and without the ability to save their seeds, they may continue to go without food for a long time. It is an incredible tragedy.

Articles written by journalists Jay Cassano of Vice News and Mark Rivett-Carnac of Time, shed light on the issues of reliable seeds and world hunger in some of the war-stricken countries.

In Cassano’s article, “Researchers Withdraw Seeds From ‘Doomsday’ Vault to Address Food Crisis in Syria,” he speaks about the use of seeds that have been preserved in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway for the purpose of “doomsday” scenarios. This is the first time since 2008 that seeds have been drawn from the vault to help reconstruct a war-torn country’s agriculture and food sources. Of the 9.8 million Syrians, 6.8 million are considered severely lacking in food supplies due to lack of seeds, fuel, damaged machinery and irrigation systems.

In Rivett-Carnac’s aritcle,” Climate Change and El Niño May leave 10 Million Hungry,” he discusses the lack of rain and climate change in Ethiopia leading to 10 million people without food supplies.

It is situations like these all over the world that emphasize the importance of the health of our planet and the health of our seeds. While it’s difficult to directly support these countries in crisis, you can make a difference by saving your own seeds here at home. Learn how from Seed Savers Exchange’s excellent online seed saving resources.