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Inside The Hawaiian Seed Bank – Figuring Out How To Store The Rarest Seeds On Earth

Dustin Wolkis, NTBG’s seed bank manager.

‘We’re losing species right in front of our eyes’

By Alessandra Potenza
The Verge
Jun 21, 2017

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Visits to the seed bank at the National Tropical Botanical Garden begin with removing your shoes. The seed bank, on the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i, is housed alongside NTBG’s collection of 80,000 dried plant specimens and rare botany books in a building that can withstand Category 5 hurricanes. It does have a vulnerability, though: pests. Funguses or bugs — like booklice — hiding in a visitor’s soles could threaten the collections. For the same reason, anything that’s brought into the building — office supplies, furniture, books — is frozen for two weeks.

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Study says: Carbon reductions made possible by urban farming are much smaller than many had assumed

It’s not apples and tomatoes that are responsible for most of the diet’s greenhouse gas emissions; it’s animals. Meat and dairy products contribute 54 percent of the American diet’s potential impact on climate change.

By Deena Shanker
Bloomberg
June 21, 2017

Excerpt:

There are many reasons to embrace urban agriculture. Greater access to produce could help improve the diet of city residents, and replacing pavement with soil could help abate water runoff, for example. But slowing climate change isn’t one of them. The potential economic benefits of urban farming are also less promising than proponents had hoped, the study found.

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