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Dornith Doherty: Archiving Eden

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An ambitious photo project documents the global effort to preserve biodiversity at seed banks

Spurred by the impending completion of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway, Dornith Doherty initiated a photo project in 2008 called Archiving Eden. Her images of the Svalbard bunker set off a broader photographic expedition of seed banking that continues today, with some help from a 2012-13 Guggenheim Fellowship. Working with renowned biologists at seed banks around the world, Doherty's......read more

VisuaLingual Seed Bomb 4-Pack

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Practice random acts of gardening. $28.00

These wonderful floral seed bombs from Cincinnati-based design studio VisuaLingual are available in three region-specific formulas—East Coast, West Coast, Pacific Northwest and Midwest—each yielding a colorful mix of wildflowers. Grow local by choosing the region where you live. Each screenprinted muslin bag contains five seed bombs. Pictured is the four-pack, available for $28....read more

Seed Cathedral

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The UK Pavilion at Shanghai Expo.

As it nears completion, the UK Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010—dubbed "Seed Cathedral"— is shaping up to be a mindblowing piece of architecture. Designed by British star architect Thomas Heatherwick, the pavilion is covered in 60,000 transparent rods. During the day the fiber optic rods gather natural light and illuminate the interior of the pavilion. At night the rods transport the......read more

Senators Deliver Seeds to Arctic

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Chili peppers spice up remote seed vault.

Seven bipartisan U.S. senators recently travelled to an Arctic seed vault to deliver a variety of crop seeds including hot peppers and sorghum. The seeds were placed into the sort of safety deposit box to ensure the preservation of their species in the future. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a 'doomsday' inspired concept that contains seeds of more than 525,000 crop varieties.......read more

Renee's Garden Seed Collections

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Get gardening with this special limited time offer from Food52 $10.00

The online cooking community at Food 52 has teamed up with Renee's Garden for an exclusive, limited-time offer. Choose from between one and four of Renee's Garden seed collections -- all of which are farmed sustainably -- to create the garden that's perfect for you. "The EZ to Grow Container Herb Garden and EZ to Grow Container Kitchen Garden Collections are suitable for windowboxes or......read more

Are Those Seeds Safe?

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Look carefully at seeds before buying them, implores author and gardener Margaret Roach

So you've taken the sustainable food pledge. You buy local and organic, and you're feeling good about it. Now you want take the natural next step and start growing your own veggies. First you need some seeds, those tiny plant embryos that will transform into the most local, environmentally friendly dishes your table has ever seen. Right? Sort of. Seeds, as author Margaret Roach explains in a......read more

Open Source Movement Spreads to Seeds

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Restriction-free seeds include 29 new varieties of 14 different crops, including broccoli, carrots and kale

Last week, the Open Source Seed Initiative (OSSI) announced the release of 29 new plant varieties that are free of intellectual property (IP) protection. The new seeds, which include varieties of carrots, kale, broccoli and quinoa, can be freely used by anyone as long as they don't restrict use by others through IP protection. Spearheaded by a group of scientists from the University of......read more

No Bailout for the Biosphere

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Agreements to bail out banks happen in days - but we still don't have a deal to bail out the planet

They bailed out the banks in days. But even deciding to bail out the planet is taking decades. Nicholas Stern estimated that capping climate change would cost around 1% of global GDP, while sitting back and letting it hit us would cost between 5 and 20%. One per cent of GDP is, at the moment, $630bn. By March 2009, Bloomberg has revealed, the US Federal Reserve had committed $7.77 trillion to......read more

SHFT Sampler 9-2-10

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Weekly links: Seafood's dirty dozen, Banksy on BP, and 7 ways to recycle denim.

Pier Pressure: From The World's Best Ever, British art prankster Banksy makes a sly comment on the BP oil spill with this “reconditioned dolphin ride with crude oil and a tuna net.” The Dirty Dozen: Mother Jones hips us to the 12 least sustainable seafoods from this year's Smart Seafood Guide, published by Food & Water Watch. The guide takes into account not only health and......read more

Lost Banksy Mural Uncovered in Berlin

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Gallery discovers early work under layers of paint

After painstakingly stripping away layers of wall paint, an art gallery in Berlin has uncovered a 2003 piece by Banksy, the much-ballyhooed street art pranskter whose politically-charged stencil work now sells for six figures. The piece, which features five soldiers with angel wings and smiley faces, was revealed when the wall was stripped away as part of an installation by Brad Downey, a......read more

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