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Title:
Open sesame : the story of seeds
Author:
Kaminsky, Michael Sean, 1970- , film director.
Publication Information:
New York City, NY : True Mind, [2015]
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (81 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
One of the world's most precious resources is at risk. This timely and emotionally moving film illuminates what is at stake and what can be done to protect the source of nearly all of our food: SEEDS. Seeds provide the basis for everything from fabric, to food to fuels. Seeds are as essential to life as the air we breathe or water we drink, but given far less attention. It's not too late, yet.
General Note:
Originally released in 2013.

Extras: Additional interview with Vandana Shiva; Interview with director; deleted scenes.
Language:
English
Added Corporate Author:
ISBN:
9781939517333
UPC:
826262012496
Format :
DVD

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One of the world's most precious resources is at risk. This timely and emotionally moving film illuminates what is at stake and what can be done to protect the source of nearly all of our food: SEEDS. Seeds provide the basis for everything from fabric, to food to fuels. Seeds are as essential to life as the air we breathe or water we drink, but given far less attention. It's not too late, yet.


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Library Journal Review

Filmmaker Kaminsky's documentary focuses on the independent farmers and "seed-savers" who are fighting the Monsanto corporation to maintain their farms and livelihood. The film presents some alarming facts: Monsanto seeds account for 82 percent of the world market, and the firm has methodically purchased small seed companies, driving out competition. Monsanto produces hybrid genetically modified organism (GMO) seeds, which cannot be reliably saved and replicated true to the original plant. The corporation also spends millions of dollars annually to prevent labeling of GMO foods and uses patent protection to impede independent research into GMO foods and seeds. The small, independent seed farmers, whose properties are near the company's lands, often have their crops cross-pollinated by the Monsanto crops and are then sued by the corporation. The plaintiffs of a suit against Monsanto, consisting of independent organic farmers and activists, explain why this is an important and highly emotional issue. VERDICT This eye-opening documentary will incite anger at and frustration with big business tactics and should resonate with viewers.-Phillip Oliver, Univ. of North Alabama Lib., Florence © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-The title of this documentary leads viewers to anticipate a presentation of the planting, germination, growth and maturation of seeds into fully grown plants. However, this is not the case. This emotional (to the point of tears) tirade berates Monsanto and other large conglomerates for the development and use of genetically modified seeds (GMOs). It also laments the decrease or extinction of some seed varieties. It claims that in some instances, there is only one variety of a vegetable extant, without providing the information source. Time-lapse photography reveals the early sprouting process, but the factors needed for the seed to mature are not examined. When asked how a seed grows, various participants give ephemeral, touchy-feely answers, such as "A seed grows because it wants to experience itself." VERDICT The one-sided presentation limits its use as a stand-alone resource.-Eldon Younce, Anthony Public Library, KS © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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