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Date and time: Sat, 15 Jan 2022 16:58:21 GMT

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GROSS: So when there’s a war, an impending disaster, do you try rescue seeds from there? Like the war in Syria which has decimated so much of Syria.

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FOWLER: That’s correct.

GROSS: This is FRESH AIR. And if you’re just joining us, my guest is Cary Fowler, who is basically the person who came up with the idea for the Global Seed Vault, which is a seed vault in a northern-most part of Norway, a few hundred miles from the North Pole. That stores samples of seeds from around the world. So this is to ensure agricultural diversity, especially in times of catastrophe or crisis. And there’s nearly a million different kinds of seeds there. Fowler has a new book called “Seeds On Ice.”