Chicago Sun-Times (Sunday)

Ask Marilyn

- By Marilyn vos Savant

I’ve heard about a repository for seeds maintained so that in the event we experience a natural or man-made catastroph­e, our food supply of grains will not be irretrieva­bly lost. Is this true?

—Dennis Brady, Sun City Center, Fla. Yes. The Global Seed Vault is deep inside a mountain on a cold, remote island halfway between Norway and the North Pole. But it’s not a “doomsday vault,” as some reporters enjoy describing it. Rather, it is intended to collect and safeguard our great worldwide diversity of food crops, which are just as vulnerable to extinction as animals. All sorts of actions, ranging from volcanic activity to wars, can have disastrous local consequenc­es.

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