Why build a massive vault into permafrost on a remote island between Norway and the North Pole? To safeguard sorghum and sweet potatoes, of course. On this episode, host Lisa Held sits down with executive director Marie Haga and Tender Greens founder Erik Oberholtzer to talk about the Crop Trust’s new Food Forever program, an initiative designed to educate people around the world about the importance of crop diversity for the long-term stability of the world’s food supply. They discuss why agricultural biodiversity is disappearing, why the loss of crops is catastrophic, how farmers, chefs, and eaters can participate in saving crop diversity, and how saving seeds in the vault is “the ultimate insurance policy.”

Map of world made of various seeds

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