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Grow heirloom crops, and buy heirloom vegetables.

Posted by Fnarf | March 7, 2008 2:12 PM

That's all well and good, but do they have poppy seeds? Cannabis seeds? Coca seeds? Bet they do they- wouldn't that be a scandal? Maybe you should use those well-honed journalistic skills and find out.

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | March 7, 2008 2:13 PM


let the inappropriate "seed" jokes begin...

Posted by michael strangeways | March 7, 2008 2:13 PM

i've done Native Seeds before and they have good books for your inner plant geek.

Posted by Jiberish | March 7, 2008 2:16 PM

The USDA has a small-ish seed bank here in Washington, on the WSU campus in Pullman. They grow all kinds of crops and harvest the seed for cold storage.

Posted by Ian | March 7, 2008 2:59 PM

The problem with preservation through planting is GMO seeds have a way of cross-pollinating with native seeds, rendering the offspring sterile.

Posted by Mahtli69 | March 7, 2008 3:32 PM

The more you learn about the loss of crop species--and the loss of biological diversity, in general--across the globe, the more horrified you get. The likes of Archer Daniels Midland have helped create a fragile agricultural system across the world.

For anyone who's interested in such awesomely depressing matters, there's a book that came out last year I highly recommend: The Sixth Extinction.

Posted by cressona | March 7, 2008 5:27 PM

a lot of god all these seed will do us when all the bees are dead and can't pollinate them!

Posted by Queen_of_Sleaze | March 7, 2008 5:57 PM

Oh my God you ARE capable of making sense! Sweet! I wondered why you still worked there.

Posted by julie | March 7, 2008 8:15 PM

You call that work? Although, to be fair, you probably can't call it a paycheck either.

Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty | March 7, 2008 10:45 PM

Just growing the seeds would do nothing against really catastrophic like a asteroid impact, nuclear war, massive climate change, etc.

Say what you will about the over engineering of food, but it has enabled most of us to not have to farm and instead spend are time developing lots of cool shit. If we ever did have to rebuild it would be nice to be able to not have to start completely from scratch.

Posted by Giffy | March 8, 2008 8:29 AM

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