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Svalbard Seed Bank and Global Food Histories

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Svalbard Global Seed Vault, 2013

 

Svalbard Global Seed Vault, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

Topics on the Page


Overview of the Seed Bank

 
Famines in History

 

CROSS-LINK: Irish Potato Famine and Other Famines in World History

 

History of Agriculture

 

  • October 16 is World Food Day

 

Food and Its Origins

  • Native American Food Contributions

 

  • Three Sisters Agriculture

Agricultural Work, Spain circa 1200 

Agricultural Work, Spain circa 1200

CROSS-LINK: Hunter-Gatherer Societies of the Paleolithic Age

 

CROSS-LINK: The Dust Bowl

 

Global Food Histories

 

 

There are more than 50,000 edible plants in the world today, but just 15 of them provide 90 percent of the world's food energy intake.

 

 

Overview of the Seed Bank

 

Seed Storage Box 

Seed Storage Box
Inside the Global Seed Vault, Where the History and Future of Agriculture Is Stored. from NPR Fresh Air with Terry Gross (July 24, 2017)

 


Saving Seeds in Doomsday Vault, Vimeo, from 60 Minutes, March 20, 2008

 

 

 

Sowing for ApocalypseThe New Yorker, April 27, 2007


Global Seed Vault: Photo Essay, Time, 2008


The Gloomy Arctic Seed Bank That's Key to Future Crops from BBC News, January 12, 2016

 Svalbard Global Seed Bank: Interactive Visit from CropTrust.org


Syria War Forces First Withdrawal from Svalbard Global Seed Vault, NBC News, September 25, 2015

 

Videos on the Svalbard Seed Bank:

 

Inside the Svalbard Seed Vault

 

Exploring the Arctic's Global Seed Vault

 

See inside the 'Doomsday' seed vault

 

What's the Doomsday Seed Vault Really For?

 

Famines in History

 

Distribution of rice during time of famine, China, 1945

 

Distribution of rice during time of famine, China, 1945

 

Famines Since 1850: Global View

 

  • Immigration Before the Civil War and the Irish Potato Famine

 

 

 The Potato Famine and Irish Immigration to America (reading activity and questions) 

 


Ten Worst Famines of the 20th Century


China's Great Famine: The True Story

Book Review: Famine: A Short History, Cormac O'Grada (2009).

 

    • The author argues that famines are the results of human actions or inactions more than natural disasters.

 

  Food Security Game, Peace Corps

 

 

 

History of Agriculture


Agriculture & the Environment: An Historical Perspective, from a course from the University of Reading 

 

Date of First McDonalds Restaurant by Continent
Date of First McDonalds Restaurant by Continent

 

 

Native American Food Contributions to the World


Potatoes, beans, corn, peanuts, pumpkins, tomatoes, squash, peppers, nuts, melons, and sunflower seeds

external image 2009NativeAmericanRev.jpg2009 Native American $1 Coin honoring Three Sisters Agriculture

 

 

Meet the Three Sisters Who Sustain Native America

 


Three Sisters . . .and the Fourth Sister No One Really Talks About

  • Bean
  • Corn
  • Squash
  • Sunflower 

 

Global Food Histories: Food and Its Origins

 

Our entire food system is completely global:

More than two-thirds of the crops that underpin national diets originally came from somewhere else — often far away.

 

 

Interactive Map for Selected Major Agricultural Corps

 

 

external image 5ba0525b72209534305bc9eb6268bba8--cherokee-indians-american-recipes.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

Foods Indigenous to the Western Hemisphere

 

 

10 Foods Native to the Americas

 


CORN: Rethinking the Corny History of Maize

 


RICE: Rice Growing and Origin

 

 

 


PEANUTS: History of Peanuts and Peanut Butter

 

 


VANILLA: History of Vanilla

 

POTATOES/TOMATOES: Origins of Species of Corn, Potatoes, Tomatoes and Some Other Interesting History

 

 


BANANASThe Surprising History of the Banana

 

 


APPLES: All About Apples: Some History, a Recipe, and Recommendations

 

 

 


WHEAT: Wheat Domestication--The History and Origins of Floury Grains

 

 

 


SUNFLOWER: How the Russians Saved America's Sunflower

 

 

COFFEE: The History of Coffee

 

 

 

 

COCOA: History of Cocoa and Chocolate

 

 

 

SQUASH: Foods Indigenous to the Western Hemisphere

 

 

SUNFLOWER

 

 

BLUEBERRIES 

 

 

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