"The growing power of seed multinationals (with their worrisome use of Genetically Modified products and seed patenting), coupled with greater international financial distress has made community seed saving more important than ever. Readily accessible, locally appropriate supplies of varied seed are important to communities and will be even more so in the near future. Hopefully, instead of being held for an emergency, these seed collections will become a vital part of ongoing community life. Many of us are seeing the importance of greater local food production and distribution, and seeds are at the base of that action. Having a seed collection ready for use is as important as having a fire station or an earthquake coordinator."