5:30 PM Reception
6:30 PM Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Welcoming remarks by Ambassador Gustavo Meza Cuadra, Permanent Representative of Peru to the United Nations
Seeds of Time examines the effects of climate change through a resource we cannot live without. A perfect storm is brewing as agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler races against time to protect the future of our food. Seed banks around the world are crumbling, crop failures are producing starvation and rioting, and the accelerating effects of climate change are affecting farmers globally. Communities of indigenous Peruvian farmers are already suffering those effects, as they try desperately to save over 1,500 varieties of native potato in their fields. But with little time to waste, both Fowler and the farmers embark on passionate and personal journeys that may save the one resource we cannot live without: our seeds.
"The urgency of expanding the world’s seed portfolio is made eminently clear."
The New York Times
|Cary Fowler, crop diversity pioneer who worked to build the world’s first global seed vault in Norway, as an insurance policy for the crop diversity of the world.|
|Sandy McLeod, Academy Award nominated independent filmmaker, and Director and Producer of Seeds of Time.|
|Thomas Orton, Professor and Agricultural Extension Specialist, Rutgers University, specializing in genetics and breeding of vegetable crops.|
|Lena Struwe, Professor and Director of the Chrysler Herbarium, Rutgers University, where she teaches evolution, botany, and plant systematics.|
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