Why Are Local Seeds So Important?
Not too often, unfortunately, do you hear about the important role that local seeds play in sustainable agriculture. By producing local seeds (seeds that are produced in the very place that they are intended to be grown), the food crops can adapt to local growing conditions. This makes these crops more resistant to local plant diseases and pests, as well as better adapted to environmental conditions and soil structure.
For those of us growing in southern California, this is even more important than ever as we face drought conditions. The seeds that grow in southern California should be adapted to the dry conditions that we are facing. Unless seed production takes place in southern California, growers face the possibility of huge crop failures due to the lack of area-specific varieties of food crops.
Here are just a few reasons why local organic seeds are a vital part of sustainability: