The plants that feed us, and that feed other animals on the planet, have all grown from seeds. Where do these seeds come from, and who owns them?

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Where do Seeds Come From?

Maybe you have planted a seed before and watched it germinate and grow. Where did this seed come from? Perhaps you bought it in a packet, or maybe you found it as part of a plant.

Seeds are the way that flowering plants are able to reproduce.  The seed is the beginning of a new plant, in the way that an embryo is the beginning of an animal.  Fruiting plants often produce their seeds in the middle of their fruits. You may have noticed them inside an apple or orange.

Without seeds, there would be no plants and without plants, there would be no seeds. For more information on seed growth, see our lesson plan on plant reproduction.

Read More: Who Owns the World's Seeds?

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