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Seed Diversity – The Undeniable Future of Food

Touch the Soil News #1177 (Feature photo – Heirloom Seeds Are Needed for Heirloom Tomatoes – CCA SA 2.0 Generic) The world has edged closer and closer to mega-seed companies and the collapse of diversity. Yet, it is not big dollars that will save the world, but individuals with a vision for improvement. Recently featured in the San Diego Union-Tribune is Brijette Pena. She recognized the ongoing collapse of seed diversity and started San Diego Seed Company (https://www.sandiegoseedcompany.com/ ) Growing heirloom seed specific to her climate region, she has developed the right model for the world. You can read the full story here: http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/lifestyle/people/sd-me-one-pena-20181116-story.html Want More? – Sign up below…

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Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Touch the Soil News #704 (feature photo – CC SA 3.0) The Svalbard Seed Vault is a repository of global plant diversity. The seed vault is in an abandoned Arctic coal mine, deep inside a mountain on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen. The island of Spitsbergen covers an area of 14,546 square miles, slightly larger than the state of Maryland. It has a permanent population of 2,600 people and borders the Arctic Ocean to the North. With over 4.5 million seeds in its vaults, the Svalbard Seed Vault has become the “safety net” of humanity. It recently served to provide genetic seed stock that was destroyed in the ongoing war…

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