On the first day of Rehoboth Beach Veg Fest, VegRehoboth and the Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware will co-sponsor the showing of "Seed: The Untold Story," at 7 p.m., Friday, June 9. The film, which is open to the public at no charge, will be shown at UUSD, 30486 Lewes-Georgetown Highway, Lewes.
Don Peterson, co-chair of UUSD's Social & Environmental Justice Committee, says, "UUSD is proud to support Rehoboth Beach VegFest by co-sponsoring this important film with VegRehoboth. Unitarian Universalists have respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. Sustaining life for future generations requires caring for the environment now. I believe the ongoing extinction of seed varieties and the mass production of single-variety, genetically modified crops is a serious threat to biodiversity and the sustainability of the planet."
This absorbing film tells the story of food, tracing humans' use of seeds as far back as 12,000 years ago. "There is almost no land-based species that can live without food grown from seeds, so learning about how best to preserve this most precious resource is quite a critical and radical practice," says VegRehoboth President Tara Sheldon. In fact, a shocking 94 percent of the world’s seed varieties have disappeared. The movie follows the passionate seed keepers who protect this food legacy. The biotech chemical companies control the majority of seeds, and the film follows a cadre of farmers, scientists, lawyers and indigenous seed keepers fighting a David-and-Goliath battle to defend the future of food.
"’Seed: the Untold Story' fits beautifully with the mission of Rehoboth Beach VegFest and VegRehoboth, which is to educate and inspire lifestyle change," says Sheldon. "More and more people are adopting a plant-based lifestyle, so reading about the challenges of raising food from non-GMO seeds and redeveloping many thousands of heirloom seeds is crucial to healthier eating."
Rehoboth Beach VegFest has become an integral part of the summer schedule in Rehoboth. The kickoff Happy Hour Friday night, June 9, will be at the Crooked Hammock, which is featuring great vegan appetizers, veg burgers, corn on the cob and more. Saturday, June 10, is festival day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church, 19285 Holland Glade Road, just off Route 1 north of Rehoboth Beach. The day will include speakers, a kids tent including a bouncy house from Kids Cottage, musicians, vendors and plant-based food from chefs based as far away as Philadelphia. The remainder of the weekend offers an evening art exhibit at Gallery 50, 50 Wilmington Ave., featuring appetizers generously donated by the Cultured Pearl; Sunday brunch at Nage, which sells out every year; and a new feature, Veg Speed Dating at a(MUSE). Rehoboth Beach VegFest offers something for everyone, from seasoned plant-based devotees to those who are wondering about a lifestyle change that will benefit themselves as well as the planet.
Vendor space is still available. For more information and a schedule of events, go to www.vegrehoboth.org. VegRehoboth is sponsored by Jenn Harpel, Morgan Stanley; CAMP Rehoboth; and VegFund.