Dir. Taggart Siegel, Jon Betz, Collective Eye Films, 94 min, 2016, USA

Miraculous and vital, seeds have been worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. Still, many seed varieties have disappeared during the last century, including, for example, 94% of seeds from produce once grown in the USA. The film follows the enthusiasts trying to protect our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In a time where large biotech companies propagate hybrid and genetically modified seeds in the name of profit, farmers, scientists and indigenous seed keepers fight a David-and-Goliath-worthy battle to defend the future of our food. A troubling yet inspiring story that encourages us to appreciate the fantastic diversity of seeds.

In 2015 the WHO announced that glyphosate (the main ingredient in the herbicide Roundup), which is widely used in the farming sector, is most likely carcinogenic in humans. EU authorities have, however, come to the conclusion that it is not, and EU member states voted to extend the use of glyphosate for another 5 years. Germany’s supportive position was pivotal to the vote. In June 2018, the German biotech company Bayer became the manufacturer of Roundup when it became owner of the world’s largest seed company, Monsanto.

After the screening panel discussion on seed diversity in Latvia. Moderator: journalist Sandra Kropa