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Rehoboth Beach VegFest Begins June 9 at UUSD with the Film: Seed: The Untold Story

VegRehoboth and the Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware (UUSD) will co-sponsor the showing of Seed:  The Untold Story, on Friday, June 9 at 7:00 p.m. The film, which is open to the public at no charge, will be shown at UUSD at 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,” he says. “Sustaining life for future generations requires caring for the environment now.  I believe the on-going 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 startling and 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% of our seed varieties have disappeared.  The movie follows the passionate seed keepers who protect our food legacy.  The biotech chemical companies control the majority of our 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 our 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 President Tara 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.”

UUSD is a welcoming and progressive spiritual community. UUSD’s mission is to nurture spiritual growth, embrace diversity, work for justice, and strive for a loving world. For more information, contact Don Peterson at SocialJustice@uussd.org or go to www.uussd.org or email Tara Sheldon at info@vegrehoboth.org.

Rehoboth Beach VegFest has become an integral part of the summer schedule in Rehoboth.  The kick-off Happy Hour on 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.- 4 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church, 19285 Holland Glade Rd., just off Rt. 1. The day will include an impressive roster of speakers, the Kids Tent including a bouncy house from Kids Cottage, musicians, vendors, and amazing plant-based food from chefs 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 (guests are encouraged to make their reservations by calling 226-2037); and a new feature, Veg Speed Dating at a(muse). Truly, 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 our planet.