The face of farming is changing. Decades ago, industrial economies promised to feed the world with new mechanized and chemical farming methods. In the years since, however, many farmers have come to realize that increased yields come with hidden social, economic, and ecological price tags. In response, a counterculture of sustainable farming, focused on preserving biodiversity, has been growing. As “agroecology” gains popularity with both growers and consumers, the challenge has become the large-scale exchange of knowledge between grassroots-level groups, who often rely on local media and word-of-mouth.
Enter seedmap.org, an online map platform that displays hundreds of stories on ecological farming issues from around the world, making them accessible to anyone with an Internet connection. The platform is helpful for a diverse group, including farmers, communities, and unions.