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Cary Fowler: Plants Are On The Front Lines Of Climate Change

Cary Fowler of Global Crop Diversity Trust talks to us about climate change and what crop diversity used to look like before we started privatizing seeds.

Entrance to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, which was established in February 2008

Think of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault like a safety deposit box for seeds. It houses 880,000 unique seed samples.

You may remember a story Chad Bouchard reported last month about widespread fear that the vault had flooded. That wasn’t true, as Cary Fowler told news organizations. He helped start the seed vault in 2008. Svalbard and its seeds are secure, but Fowler does agree that climate change is impacting everything we do in agriculture:

We see the effects of climate change already in our agricultural systems. Politicians might want to debate whether it’s happening and what’s causing it, but the plants in the field are on the front lines.

Now seemed like a good time to revisit a conversation Trish Kerle had with Fowler in the WFIU studios last year.

Then, we continue our series of fruit recipes with cherries, blackberries and cranberries. Chef Daniel Orr takes a turn as bartender.

And from Harvest Public Media, we worry about protecting our personal information from identity thieves. If you’re the U.S. agriculture industry, you worry about guarding your intellectual property.

Stories On This Episode

Worry About The ‘Growing Threat’ Of Agricultural Espionage

Intellectual property is often hard to protect, no matter what form it takes. The technology used in our food system, however, presents a unique challenge.

Soda Taxes Making Ripples

Several municipalities across the US are looking into benefits and side effects of soda taxes that have recently passed or are now going into effect.

An Issue Of Balance: Productivity Vs. Diversity In Modern Ag

Cary Fowler is a Senior Advisor to the Global Crop Diversity Trust. On this week's show, he talks about unintended consequences of the rise of big agribusiness.

Forage-Fresh Blackberries Get The Cordial Treatment

These blackberries might be a bit too tart to enjoy on your breakfast cereal, but they are perfect for making a fruity liqueur.

Three Refreshing Non-alcoholic Summer Drinks

Cool off with three refreshing summer drinks on today’s episode of Earth Eats - lavender lemonade, apple juice with sage and a sour cherry fizz.

Holiday Cocktail: Cranberry Apple Shake-Up

Encourage your guests to shake the night away with this Ball jar cocktail. Create several of these drinks in advance and then let your guests do the mixing.

Annie Corrigan

Annie Corrigan is a producer and announcer for WFIU. In addition to serving as the local voice for NPR's Morning Edition, she produces WFIU's weekly sustainable food program Earth Eats. She earned degrees in oboe performance from Indiana University and Bowling Green State University.

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