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A Cornucopia in the Arctic

In Connecting the Dots on Monday, 10 March 2008 at 12:07

With fears over the impact of climate change growing, Talk of the Nation last Friday hosted Cary Fowler of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, who discussed Norway’s Valhalla of crop diversity, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. The conversation is mostly about the efforts of the world’s largest seed bank, which holds 100 million seeds. Back in August the New Yorker first picked up on Svalbard’s importance in preserving the world’s flora; while they offer great analysis, the New York Times’ piece just two weeks ago included the most astonishing pictures we’ve seen of the ultra-secure center. Of course, as important as biodiversity is, all those veggies we’re preserving would probably taste even better with a little butter.


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