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Interview with Nick Ritar about Glass Gem Corn

May 18, 2012 | Seed Saving | 6 comments | Author:

Yesterday  Nick got interviewed about that viral image of Glass Gem Corn, and why the response has been so great: “When you first look at that photo it is beautiful, then there’s a realisation for people where it clicks: “That’s real.”

This is a corn that’s been developed over thousands of years and there’s a level of connection running back through human culture,” he said.

“You can’t buy that at a supermarket. It’s not the latest trend or fad; it goes much deeper than that.

Food is something we, as a western culture, do really badly. The way it’s being grown is not sustainable, ethical or ecologically sound. There’s tens of thousands of varieties of corns, same with tomatoes, but if you look in a supermarket you might be offered two or three varieties.

The major supplier of seed to farmers in Australia offers less than 12 varieties of corn, and most of those are for animal feed. It’s about economy of scale. Economy of scale is always in competition with diversity. But there is a wave happening around the world where people are realising the overwhelming lack of ecological soundness of western culture.

When you present people with a way to connect back with nature their passion is ignited.

People started this journey with shows like MasterChef and now they crave those real ingredients and are seeking them out through food providores and farmers markets, Nick said.

“People want a story with their food …read the rest of the article here

If you’d like to learn more about why heirloom seed stocks are so important, and how you can integrate them into you community’s food supply, Hannah Moloney will be going into detail on this topic as part of our Urban Permaculture Design Course in Sydney this July

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  • Melissa Kruse-Peeples May 18, 2012 at 8:51 am | Reply

    Native Seeds/SEARCH has written a blog post (including more pics) of the history of Glass Gem corn. The post also has a link to an on-line waiting list for seeds when them come available in October 2012. Yes, they ship internationally.

  • crayonsandmilk May 18, 2012 at 9:40 am | Reply

    Wow, learned something new today! Thank you for sharing !

  • dixiebelle May 18, 2012 at 10:55 am | Reply

    I am sure I saw that photo a year or two ago & looked for seed in Australia for something like it. Husking that corn would be like Christmas morning, wondering what colours & arrangements are going to be inside. It’s a bit mean posting such an amazing produce and not having seed available for all us crazy heirloom lovers! You know you have to start up a seed business next!!

  • Jason Dingley May 21, 2012 at 11:37 am | Reply

    A potential positive to poor diversity in store is the above images and others like it may lurer people to give growing at home a go.

  • […] As is all the seed sovereignty projects, large and small, going on across our planet, preserving locally adapted, resilient varieties of everything from potatoes to rice to mushrooms and glass gem corn… […]

  • pieter bosch February 17, 2014 at 1:44 am | Reply

    Where can I buy glass gem corn seed ?


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