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Mankind Scores a Food Victory – Despite Itself

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Touch the Soil News #256 We’ve all heard about the social disruption in Syria due to military maneuvers and self-destructive activities in the region. So, whoever thinks about the agricultural risks brought on by war? In the midst of the Syrian conflicts and mass emigrations of the local people, not only has agriculture been compromised, but so have the regions agricultural “seed” resources. The International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA) was forced to move its seed collections from Syria to Morocco and Lebanon. In all of the turmoil, some of the seed stocks were compromised. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway – the world’s safety net…

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