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The Seed Exchange

During our research for a project for our project Ek Biç Ye İç in Istanbul we found that there is a culture of people exchanging seeds. We really loved this and whilst people do this bit in London as well its not like Istanbul where it is part of their everyday culture. We’d liked the idea to use this experience from Istanbul to produce a seed exchange for the V&A Museum and encourage London to do this as well.

The piece was a direct protest on the issues around large seed companies like Monsanto who are trying to patent seeds and sue farmers who save seeds. Monsanto instead want people/farmers to buy seeds from them every year and aggressively pursue people who they view as a threat to this. The project highlights this issue through positively encouraging communal seed exchanges where seeds are the currency not money as they are valuable enough by themselves.