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Publicity around GMO labeling has put the issue on most people's radar, and the recent defeat of a labeling law in California (where huge companies outspent the pro-labeling side by nearly five to one) shows how tenaciously the big companies are maintaining their pernicious hold on our food supply. When we spend our money locally, we deprive the huge corporations of the only thing they care about, and we empower our communities. Greene feels strongly that we have arrived at a tipping point: "In the last two years there has been an explosion of awareness about seeds. When we began, there was one other library in the country. Now there are over 60. I get calls all the time from people asking 'How do I start one?'" And there's room for all of them, since the whole point is decentralizing the seed and food supply. "Things got very extreme in terms of loss of genetic diversity, the consolidation of who owns the seeds, and I feel like we're coming back the other way."
- Roy Gumpel
- Erin Enouen, Hudson Valley Seed Library sales manager, with Scarlet Ohno Revival Turnips.