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A48 LAND 553ASeeds3.0 Units
Description:Seeds are life; they are "time capsules" of genetic code in waiting. For millions of years, seeds have been evolving into giants like the Coco de Mer (66 pounds) as well as into the smallest orchid seeds in the world (10 billionths of an ounce). However, there is no more powerful force in the evolution of seeds than human intervention. Through selective breeding, seeds and plants have been bred to produce desired characteristics since the dawn of humanity. This has been so successful that the codependency between seeds and humans has grown and never been more evident than in agribusiness today. Seeds feed us; we need them for our survival. The "wizards" argue that biotech and science will help engineer seeds that will save humanity in the age of climate change. The "prophets" argue that conservation and biodiversity are what are needed to preserve what we have left of local ecologies. It is a debate worth having in the Sam Fox School. Seeds have much to teach us as metaphor and material to explore ecologies, landscapes, biodiversity, biomimicry, technology, engineering, climate change and food systems. This seminar will offer students multiple entry points for engagement, from autumn seed saving and seed planting to debate, community engagement, conversations with biologists and engineers, a visit to the Danforth Plant Science Center, a biomimicry exercise, and other potential ideas for collaboration.
Instruction Type:Classroom instruction Grade Options:C Fees:
Course Type:HomeSame As:A46 553AFrequency:None / History


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