Patrick Holden, patron of the BDA , winner of the BBC Food and Farming’s Derek Cooper Award 2017, reflects on the importance of the Seed Co-operative

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“I’d like to capitalize on any attention that I’ve received for winning the Derek Cooper Award to remind people of the critically important work of the Seed Co-operative, a project which is countering a potential mass extinction of the seeds we depend on for health, vitality and diversity in our food systems. It is easy to overlook the potential importance of the humble seed, especially at a time when fewer and fewer farmers and growers have the knowledge of saving seed from the plants they grow. The Seed Co-operative reminds us that each farmer and grower is a custodian of the seeds they inherit and which are passed on to future generations. In the spirit of democratising the food system, their community owned model allows everyone to become a part of it by buying shares and becoming co-owners. The cause of this community owned seed company is close to my heart and any support you can give towards their target of £300,000 for securing the start-up costs is greatly appreciated. The Seed Co-operative have achieved enormous recognition as finalists in the Future Foods category BBC Food and Farming Awards. They represent an incredible opportunity to reverse the dramatic loss of seed diversity which has declined by more than 90% since than the 1900s. Please give generously!” – Patrick Holden

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