An online portal on seeds, biodiversity and food is a unique, interactive online tool to explore where agricultural biodiversity originated, is threatened, and where people are working to safeguard it.

Currently featuring over 350 case studies the map uses Google technology invites you to click through and learn about the origins of our food crops, the farmers who continue to nurture them, the threats to our food supply, and achievable solutions.

Organized by themes, each case study contains a brief summary complete with links to additional resources as well as photographs and relevant video content offering rich information nodes on a broad range of topics of interest. is the centrepiece of USC Canada and ETC Group’s Seed Map project. Learn more here.

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The Seed Map is divided into three thematic units – food diversity, threats and solutions- with each unit digging deeper into topics, sub-topics, and case studies that bring the issues to life. Each unit is represented by its own marker on the map to help you identify its respective case studies:

  • Green Food Diversity
  • Red Threat
  • Blue Solutions

How to Use the Online Seed Map

1. Take a virtual tour of

2. Navigate the map – You have a few options:

  • Explore a theme/topic/sub-topic: Click on one of the three thematic units – diversity, threats or solutions. For each of these themes, a drop-down menu will appear listing the related topics and sub-topics. As you click through, the markers showing on the map will adjust according to the theme, topic or sub-topic you’re exploring.
  • Research a particular keyword: Use the search bar on the bottom right. Type your keyword. The case studies containing that word will appear on the map.
  • Go with the flow: Just click on any marker/location on the map that interests you.

3.Check out the map’s navigation tools – Enhance your experience by using the following tools that you’ll find in the black bar at the bottom of the screen (from left to right):

  • Arrows to move forward or backward through the relevant case studies for your search. When you click on “View Details” the related case study will be marked with a flashing circle on the map so you can see where it is located.
  • Map type button to change from regular map view to Google Earth view.
  • “+” & “-” signs to zoom in and zoom out.
  • Links for Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Flickr and RSS Feed to check out USC Canada’s new social media pages and to sign up for notices when the Seed Map is updated.
  • Search function to allow you to search by any keyword or place you’re interested in (e.g. seeds, climate change, food sovereignty, youtube, journal article title,etc.).

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