COVID-19 is pushing America’s seed diversity and sovereignty to a crisis point — and how we respond could affect our food security and even national security for years to come, writes Gary Paul Nabhan.
Gary Paul Nabhan is an internationally celebrated nature writer, food and farming activist, and proponent of conserving the links between biodiversity and cultural diversity. He is an agricultural ecologist and serves as the Kellogg Endowed Chair in Southwestern Borderlands Food and Water Security, in the Southwest Center at the University of Arizona. Nabhan is also the co-founder of Native Seeds/SEARCH, an organization dedicated to conserving seed diversity. He is also personally engaged as an orchard-keeper, wild foods forager and pollinator habitat restorationist working from his small farm in Patagonia, Arizona, near the Mexican border.
Jared Kaufman is Food Tank’s research and writing fellow and a Boston-based journalist and foodways researcher. You can get his daily food newsletter, Nosh Box, here.