By Billy Begas
Deputy Speaker and Antique Rep. Loren Legarda called on Filipinos to return to the practice of seed saving to improve food security and spur climate change adaptation.
“Tinatabi ko po yung buto; ito’y tutuyuin ko, ilalagay ko po sa isang latang lumang resikulo, lalagyan ko po ng lupa, lalagyan ko po ng chicken manure at dry leaves, ayan uusbong yan,” Legarda said.
Legarda said there is not need to buy seedling “e kaya mo naman magpausbong ng buto.”
Seed saving is the practice of saving seeds and reproductive material from plants like flowers, herbs, grains, vegetables, and tubers for future use.
She also emphasized that saving and exchanging seeds are crucial component of climate change adaptation, “which every Filipino household can and should contribute to.”
“Seed saving can help improve food security especially during this pandemic. This will ensure a steady supply of seeds and harvest for farmers and even for households, and will even provide an emergency supply of seeds in case crops are damaged,” Legarda added.
Legarda joined the observance of the International Seeds Day last Monday.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has also highlighted the importance of saving the seeds of local varieties, which have a high degree of genetic diversity, and have the ability to better withstand and adapt to local environmental stresses and changes.
It also emphasized the importance of establishing community seed banks to help preserve the most adapted varieties for a region.