In January, I had the privilege of receiving a book as a gift. Being an author, I understood the value of that autographed paperback. So, with loving care, I picked it up and began reading. I instantly was transported to a new world–well kind of. It actually was a very probably future America where gardening and saving seeds was outlawed, where food comes in boxes and squares all ready processed called Vitees, Protein, Juices, Carbos, and Sweeties. It was an extreme example of what could happen if the GMOs gained political momentum and took over.
The characters are twelve-year-old Clare, her nine-year-old brother Dante, and her twelve-year-old friend, Lily. Today, I have the honor of introducing you to Clare. I was able to do an interview with her!
Me: Clare, I heard you started this whole Seed Savers adventure. Tell me a little about that.
Clare: Sure. When I was twelve I first heard the word “seed” at church, and–
Me: Wait–you hadn’t heard the word “seed” before?
Clare: That’s right. I’m from a future where kids don’t know what seeds are. It’s forgotten about, like the words “television set.” So I asked an older woman about seeds and she started teaching me.
Me: That would be Ana?
Clare: Yes. Ana became my teacher. And then, of course, I brought my friend Lily in on it, and Dante, my brother.
Me: So now that you know about seeds and real food, do you think you can go back to the Vitees and Carbos and that kind of food?
Clare: Definitely not!
Me: How’s that going to work out?
Clare: I’m not sure. Right now it’s frustrating because I’m in hiding and so we can’t garden. If I were out, and nobody else’s safety depended on it, I would try to grow a garden anyway. I mean, Gruff had a garden on his balcony in New Jersey and he got away with it.
Me: This is true.
Clare: I might even go back to Canada. But I really want to be part of the change. I want everyone to have freedom of choice about their food.
Me: Seems reasonable. Some people are wondering if you and Lily are growing apart…
Clare: I wouldn’t worry about it.
Me: What about Jason? Is this a romance?
Clare: (rolls eyes) Does everything always have to be a romance? Can’t a girl and a guy ever just be friends? I thought you said this interview was about Seed Savers?
Me: I’m sorry. I think readers just naturally gravitate towards that. Okay, let’s wrap it up on a final note about Seed Savers. Do you think your Movement is going to have a victory any time soon?
Clare: (smiles) Of course. With young people in the Movement, how could we be anything but victorious?