"We should worry because without genetic diversity, an unexpected disease, tough growing season, or invasive pest can easily devastate a whole species. If that happens to be one of the handful of species on which our national food supply currently depends, the results could be disastrous."
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Seed Savers Exchange offers an alternative model to big agriculture through our work, encouraging participatory preservation among our members, and by signing the safe seed pledge.
Seed Savers Exchange knows that the future of our planet depends on a genetically diverse food supply and carries out our important work by:
Maintaining thousands of varieties of different plant types-from amaranth to watermelon-in one of the largest seed banks of its kind in North America.
Regenerating seed in isolation gardens and storing them in ideal conditions.
Documenting valuable cultural information on varieties and their histories.
Distributing heirloom varieties to members and the public through the Seed Savers Exchange Yearbook and the Seed Savers Exchange Catalog.
Storing varieties in back-up locations at the USDA Seed Bank in Fort Collins, CO and at Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway. These off-site deposits remain the property of SSE.