Svalbard Global Seed Vault, 2013
Svalbard Global Seed Vault, 2013


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Overview of the Seed Bank
Famines in History
History of Agriculture
Food and Its Origins

Overview of the Seed Bank


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

Multimedia.pngSaving Seeds in Doomsday Vault, Vimeo, from 60 Minutes, March 20, 2008

Text of the video where Scott Pelley Visits One of the World's Most Unique Seed Banks

Sowing for Apocalypse, The 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

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Svalbard Global Seed Bank: Interactive Visit from CropTrust.org

How the Russians Saved America's Sunflower, NPR, January 5, 2012

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

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

Link to Immigration Before the Civil War and the Irish Potato Famine


Ten Worst Famines of the 20th Century


China's Great Famine: The True Story

book.pngBook 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.

Agricultural Work, Spain circa 1200
Agricultural Work, Spain circa 1200

History of Agriculture


rotating gif.gifLink to Grade 7.5 for information on agriculture, settlement, population and the emergence of civilization

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

Food and Its Origins


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


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

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2009 Native American $1 Coin honoring Three Sisters Agriculture

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

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Global Food Histories


CORN: The Importance of One Simple Plant: 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

BANANA: The 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