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August Food Book Club

  • Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 East Chicago Avenue Chicago, IL, 60611 United States (map)

Join us for a discussion of The Seed Underground by Janisse Ray. We will be meeting in the lobby space of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago on Tuesday 8/28 at 6pm. Food and drink is available for purchase. All are welcome. Please RSVP to (Please note, Tuesday's are the museum's free day and throughout the summer they will be hosting "Tuesdays on the Terrace" in the evening. For that reason we will be meeting in the lobby area, by the admissions desk, instead of the free Commons space where there will be live music. By remaining in the front of the building, we will be able to have a quieter conversation.)

At no time in our history have Americans been more obsessed with food. Options- including those for local, sustainable, and organic food-seem limitless. And yet, our food supply is profoundly at risk. Farmers and gardeners a century ago had five times the possibilities of what to plant than farmers and gardeners do today; we are losing untold numbers of plant varieties to genetically modified industrial monocultures. In her latest work of literary nonfiction, award-winning author and activist Janisse Ray argues that if we are to secure the future of food, we first must understand where it all begins: the seed.

The Seed Underground is a journey to the frontier of seed-saving. It is driven by stories, both the author's own and those from people who are waging a lush and quiet revolution in thousands of gardens across America to preserve our traditional cornucopia of food by simply growing old varieties and eating them. The Seed Underground pays tribute to time-honored and threatened varieties, deconstructs the politics and genetics of seeds, and reveals the astonishing characters who grow, study, and save them.