If you had asked our 19-year-old self to attend a Thursday night lecture on seed diversity, we would have looked at you a little funny. After all, Thursday nights were dedicated to $4 pitchers of Rolling Rock at our college town's single battered hotel bar. Thankfully, we have changed along with the times. At 7 p.m. this Thursday ― no longer a so-called pitcher night ― prominent Indian ecologist Debal Deb
will visit Berkeley's Ecology Center
(2530 San Pablo at Blake) to present Climate Change, Agro-biodiversity and Food Security: The Value of Traditional Seeds in an Unstable World
. Incidentally, Debal walks the walk as well as talks: On his tiny farm in West Bengal, he grows over 500 heirloom varieties of rice.