The goal is to safeguard biodiversity of nature and promote diversity of food and agriculture.
We live on the planet that is rich in biodiversity, that we as humans, knowingly or unknowingly, are destroying. Agriculture is responsible for the destruction of many natural spaces of nature, consequently disrupting the fragile web of the living organisms. We aim to create a solution, by designing the land in the way that nature intended, the land that produce food and fiber from the species of diverse genes, side by side with native plants and other living creatures.
It is estimated that 75% of the world’s food is generated from only 12 plants and five animal species. Only 4% (150-200 edible plants) of the 250 000 to 300 000 known edible plant species are used by humans.
It is almost unknown to many, that the loss of genetic diversity is a threat to humanity. More than 90% of crop varieties and half of the breeds of many domestic animals have been lost. Although many crop species are now being modified to be resistant to pests and diseases, they are still not as resistant as the seed companies claim. The production of seeds that are hybridized or genetically modified, limits diversity and reduce self sufficiency of farmers by taking away the ability to produce their own seeds, without mentioning other threats that these seeds can create. The method of planting the diversity of genes and species is the ecological and natural way and in many cases more effective.
Already, we have a collection of seeds and diversity of species and genes, the new varieties are added each year! We aim to expand even more, especially in the field of local varieties with the help of local seed bank initiatives, CCBAT (Centro de Conservación de la Biodiversidad Agrícola de Tenerife) and RCS (Red Canaria de Semillas).
By sharing our experience and promoting diversity of food, we hope this will inspire others to safeguard seeds and create more diverse kitchens and gardens.