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A fresh start: new issue of Positive News helps people to look forward


From community ‘seed keepers’ who are helping protect the richness and diversity of our food, to young people succeeding despite the challenges of confinement, the latest issue of Positive News magazine looks to the future, it explains. Editor-in-Chief Lucy Purdy

As the ground warms, shoots appear on trees and plants break into leaves, the air feels charged with possibilities. More and more people will have their hands on the ground this spring, growing their own food. But not all seeds are the same. In the cover story of the new April-June issue Positive News Magazine, we meet the passionate ‘seed keepers’ who grow, save and share seeds with love.

The varieties they protect are locally adapted, abundant, and rich in unusual features and fascinating stories. And they are open pollinated, which means they quietly challenge a genetically modified industrial monoculture.

To secure the future of nutritious food for all, we must understand where food really begins. And the communities across the UK that are storing their seeds are local treasures of knowledge, ready to support new and experienced growers alike.

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Planting seeds is an act of hope. AND this latest issue of Positive News it is full of stories of hope, at a time when communities are beginning to tentatively look forward again.

There are the young people who share their success stories in the face of the challenges of the confinement: the courage of one in particular made me cry when I read it. I also love the photo essay on refugees in Mauritania who have come together in challenging circumstances in the desert, improvised instruments and all, for the love of music.

The latest Positive News magazine is full of stories of hope, at a time when communities are tentatively beginning to look forward again

We monitor efforts to make wood the reference material in construction; how brands are innovating to make jewelry more sustainable; and why more and more companies choose to give away part of their income. Looking seriously into the future, we explore how to be a better ancestor.

Whether you are reflecting on the difficult year that has just been, managing to look forward, or a bit of both, I hope the topic gives insight into how individuals, communities, and organizations are preparing for a more positive future. Certainly seeds of hope.


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