Original talk posted on TED.com August 2009.
A lot of us know, in a general way, about the importance of biodiversity. We know that we need honey bees and honey bees are disappearing. We know GMOs and Monsanto spell trouble for our environment. But what we don’t know a lot about is how climate change will alter how our food grows. But there are people who do. One of them is Cary Fowler, a man whose job it is to “save the seeds.” He’s the director of the largest seed bank in the world and director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust. In this TED Talk he reveals some enlightening ideas about food and how saving seeds might one day save humanity.