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Playlist: Embrace your inner nerd

Posted By Jessica Gross

Vive les nerds! While the term used to be something of a put-down, meant to mock an excessive interest in math or science, it’s now often used in an almost prideful way to signify a passion for pretty much anything. And that applies to pretty much all of those who end up on the TED […]

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Q&A with Cary Fowler: Saving seeds to protect our food supplies

Posted By Shanna Carpenter

Before Cary Fowler’s TEDTalk posted on Monday, the TEDBlog caught up with him in Norway, via phone. We asked the difficult questions and he provided calm, leveled answers on the food crises of today. He’s taken on a challenging role, as director of the largest seed bank in the world and the Global Crop Diversity […]

 

One seed at a time, protecting the future of food: Cary Fowler on TED.com

Posted By Shanna Carpenter

The varieties of wheat, corn and rice we grow today may not thrive in a future threatened by climate change. Cary Fowler takes us inside a vast global seed bank, buried within a frozen mountain in Norway, that stores a diverse group of food-crop for whatever tomorrow may bring. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2009, in Oxford, […]

 

Cary Fowler at TEDGlobal 2009: Running Notes from Session 3

Posted By Shanna Carpenter

Cary Fowler is archiving biodiversity, and more specifically crop diversity. As this unassuming man begins his time on the TED stage it’s quickly evident how important and relevant his work is to us all. After reading from The Apples of New York, a catalog of all the varieties of apples in the state that was […]

 

Twitter Snapshot: Cary Fowler keeps seeds safe

Posted By TED Guest Author

Session 4 of TEDGlobal started with biodiversity archivist Cary Fowler giving a talk about his project at Svalbard — a global seed bank focused on making sure food crops don’t become extinct. Here are the excited and concerned responses from Twitter: Fowler says no way to determine the “best” of species – we should save […]