Seed saving, an 11,000 year old process, is under threat.
Few Thai farmers are self-reliant and in control of their seeds. The majority purchases generic seed strains, prone to disease, lacking flavor. Chemical fertilizers and pesticides have to be bought as well.
"Q logo", the most prominent Thai organic label, authorized by the National Bureau of
Agricultural Commodity and Food Standards (ACFS), even allows some of those chemicals in its organic
Selection year over year of strongest seeds adapted to the rice grower's paddies and its local ecosystem results in a healthy, nutritious, high yielding grain while ensuring biodiversity and expanding the natural
gene pool, which, in our view, is crazy important for our future.