From the Nominator
Iowa State University's Seed Science Center developed a six-part video series, "Seeds! Diversity of Wonder," to inform, entertain, and persuade students, educators, policy makers, and the general public about the importance and value of quality seeds. Part three of the series is titled "Let Seed Be Thy Medicine." In Zambia, white maize is eaten in every meal. But while it grows well in the region, it lacks the key nutrient, Vitamin A. A deficiency of this essential nutrient has left more than half of the population with weak immune systems, stunted growth, and night blindness. This has led scientists to explore how breeding this vitamin into the seed used by the Zambians could help end what is known as "hidden hunger."
From the Judges
This is an informative video that took a lot of time and effort to film. A wonderfully conceived and produced project with excellent videography. It is a story relevant to a wide audience, but also to Iowa State. We also really liked the watercolor drawings.