Local Food Security

The industrial feeding system

Our food systems changed a lot after the Second World War. As technological developments were applied to feeding, tanks were transformed into tractors, and war chemicals were used in pesticides.

Roughly 90% of our staple crops are now GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms), making us reliant on big corporations (including Monsanto) to determine pricing and policy.

Our current food systems are:

  • Responsible for 30% of our greenhouse gases (serious implications for Climate Change).
  • reliant on fossil fuels – with a clumsy 10 units of fossil fuels producing one unit of food.
  • Have the heaviest impact on biodiversity loss.
  • Destroy soil through depletion and contamination.
  • Responsible for two-thirds of our wetland destruction.

One of the simplest actions we can take is to localise our food systems using organic growing technologies.

You  can play a part in the following ways:

·        Eat Seasonally

·        Support local growers

·        Grow your own food

At  SEED we are committed to local production for local consumption.

We have pivoted our Gardens at Rocklands to support three local feeding schemes, directly impacting 766people. (We have produced 1.4 tonnes of high nutrition vegetables as well as 7300 locally baked naan breads since January 2021)

We have strengthened our seed bank to supply growers with locally adapted, open pollinated seed.

We have a Restaurant at Rocklands that feeds people on the national average at R20 per plate and educates them about nutrition and the links between gardens and kitchens.

We have developed a week-long training program called Feed Our People that covers everything needed to successfully grow vegetables long-term.

SEED is proudly endorsed by Global Giving:
Some other important credentials:

SEED is an award-winning Non-Profit (052-326 NPO) and Public Benefits Organization.

SEED enjoys Section 18A Tax Exemptions Status (930024544) and issues Certificates for all donations.

SEED is 100% B-BEEE Certificates for Skills Development and Enterprise Development.

SEED is an accredited education & training provider with AgriSETA (ETQA ID: 694)