“Plant genetic resources are the diversity in plants that basically is used by human beings to feed and cloth and house all of us” explains N. Maxted (University of Birmingham). In agriculture, the widespread adoption of a few improved varieties has narrowed the genetic base of important food crops and led to the disappearance of hundreds of landraces. Conserving and using plant genetic diversity is vital in meeting the world's future development needs in Europe, Asia and elsewhere.
Interviewing several specialists in a number of different countries, this documentary shows why biodiversity is important for agriculture and how it is conserved and used in many different locations. The film describes - with splendid pictures from Europe and Asia - the relevance of traditional landraces and crop wild relatives. It also describes the role of genebanks (including the Global Seed Vault), built to place a safety duplicate copy of the worlds crop diversity in order to preserve and protect it.” And it describes civil society movements in the global challenge to preserve and use plant genetic resources for food and agriculture.