Quintessentially British: The Unjustifiably Shunned Runner Bean

Quintessentially British: The Unjustifiably Shunned Runner Bean

In the world of beans, the runner bean, Phaseolus coccineus, is a bit of an anomaly. In the United States, runner beans are undervalued as an edible crop and usually grown as ornamentals for their large, showy, often scarlet-colored flowers. Read more about this crop type and why it shouldn't be overlooked.

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Book Review: Seeds on Ice

Book Review: Seeds on Ice

The story of Svalbard and how it came to be is elegantly captured in Cary Fowler’s book Seeds on Ice. Intended as an insurance policy for the future diversity of agriculture, Svalbard was built into the side of a mountain by the Norwegian government and serves as a testament to the ingenuity of man to preserve the future of global agriculture.

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