Susan Dworkin discusses the work of Danish scientist Bent Skovmand, who amassed, multiplied, and documented thousands of wheat varieties and was instrumental in creating the world’s seed banks. Her book The Viking in the Wheat Field: A Scientist's Struggle to Protect the World's Wheat Harvest examines the often overlooked topic of how crucial the world’s dependence on wheat seeds is, and how these "genetic resources" should be saved and protected, especially as climate change is creating new agricultural stresses around the globe.
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