Seeds of Resistance: The Fight to Save Our Food Supply: Book Talk

Lecture | September 20 | 2-4 p.m. | UC Botanical Garden, Julia Morgan Hall

 Botanical Garden

An Eye-Opening Exposé of the Struggle to Control the World’s Seeds and the Future of our Food

Ten thousand years after humans figured out how to stop wandering and plant crops, veteran investigative journalist Mark Schapiro plunges into the struggle already underway for control of seeds, the ground-zero ingredient for our food. Three quarters of the seed varieties on Earth in 1900 had become extinct by 2015. In Seeds of Resistance, Schapiro takes us onto the frontlines of a struggle over the seeds that remain, one that will determine the long-term security of our food supply in the face of unprecedented climate volatility.

Following the talk, join UCBG docents for a guided tour focusing on seeds and seed stories in our collection. This special tour will be one-hour in length and is included free as part of the program.


Mark Schapiro has won numerous journalism prizes for his investigative work, including the duPont-Columbia University Award. He is the author of two widely praised books on urgent environmental issues, Carbon Shock and Exposed. His articles have been published in the Atlantic, Harper’s, Mother Jones, Pacific Standard, and The Nation, and his documentary work has been featured on PBS’s Frontline. He is a Lecturer at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 Free with Garden admission ($12); Free for UCBG members, UC Berkeley students, staff, and faculty

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