Once, when my son was about 10, he asked me what I was reading. I told him I was reading a book about the history of almonds, for work. This delighted him to no end. Now the running joke in our house is that I do the “history of almonds radio show.” Recently I got involved in another “history of almonds” type subject at work. This time, seeds.
Seeds, dear reader, are fascinating. And here are some of the things I learned while producing this week’s show:
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault (otherwise known as the Doomsday Vault) houses seeds from every country in the world – almost one million varietals. It sits deep in a mountain above the Arctic Circle on an island that has more polar bears than people.
Most of us get our food from the grocery store, not the fields where it grows. But if you really want to understand where our food comes from — and the potential threats to the food supply — you have to think about seeds.
Tommy Orange's debut novel “There There” was one of the big breakout books of 2018. He told Steve that with his novel, he hoped to better represent modern Native Americans that have grown up living in cities.