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Plants of the Planet -- Biodiversity

Moira Gunn speaks with Kenny Ausubel, CEO, and Nina Simons, President, of Seeds of Change, the nation's leading supplier of organic seeds. They discuss his new book "Seeds of Change: The Living Treasure," the passionate story of the growing movement to restore biodiversity and revolutionize the way we think about food. They discuss the effect of engineering vegetables for mass production while ignoring the need for biodiversity, and the potential for all of us to eat better while playing our individual roles in preserving the planet.

Moira also speaks with Dr. Steven King, Vice President of ethnobotany and conservation for Shaman Pharmaceuticals. Shaman works with the shamans and medical practitioners in remote tropical areas to identify plants and their therapaeutic uses. They discuss how the indigenous peoples are compensated and the role of technology in bringing these drugs to mass market.

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