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Norway launches seed bank to safeguard global crops
Tuesday, June 20 2006
Global
A project designed to protect the worlds crop supply was yesterday launched, with the Norwegian government announcing it is to develop a Noah's Arc of global seeds.
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Food for thought: Crop diversity is dying
Wednesday, August 17 2005
Global
Historically, humans utilized more than 7,000 plant species to meet their basic food needs, Esquinas says. Today, due to the limitations of modern large-scale, mechanized farming, only 150 plant species are under cultivation, and the majority of humans live on only 12 plant species, according to research by the Food and Agriculture Organization.
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Seed Banks and the Global Crop Diversity Trust
Thursday, June 09 2005
Global
The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), focuses on plants suitable for sustainable agriculture in arid climates. ICARDA banks seeds from 131,000 varieties of plants, gathered from across the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa. Unfortunately, according to a recent editorial in Nature, political tensions between the West and Syria may threaten ICARDA's already tenuous operations. Worse, ICARDA is not alone -- many seed banks elsewhere are struggling to preserve their collections.
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Crop Trust to conserve plant diversity
Thursday, October 21 2004
Global
The Global Crop Diversity Trust, an initiative to conserve in perpetuity the Earth's most crucial agricultural biodiversity, entered into force today as an independent international organization.
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World Summit on Sustainable Development
Thursday, August 29 2002
Global
The world could lose its crop diversity -- vital to food security -- if plant gene banks were not immediately safeguarded for future generations, Christopher Higgins, Director of the United Kingdom's Medical Research Council Clinical Sciences Centre, said today at the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development.
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