Tuesday, February 26, 2008

A Noah's Ark for Plants

To save the animals from God's wrath, Noah brought a pair of each species on board his ark. Now, to save plant diversity from any possible calamities, floods, greenhouse effects, fire, nuclear war, invasion by aliens, etc., we have a place to keep seeds, the humble beginnings of plants. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault has just opened, a place where all countries can send their seeds, a place safe from humidity and global threats. The NYtimes article raises some interesting objections to the seed vault.

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