As a fan of Paolo Bacigalupi’s 2006 Hugo Nominated novelette, “The Calorie Man” (read it free in PDF), I found it irresistable to watch this TED Talk on the TEDTalksDirector channel at YouTube about the Millennium Seed Bank.
“The Calorie Man” is a 1984 type of story about a future run by corporations owning all food crops (by patent definition creep) sold by the calorie energy unit and the desperate hungry underground that resists them.
Here’s the TEDTalksDirector’s description of the Millennium Seed Bank video:
“In this brief talk from TED U 2009, Jonathan Drori encourages us to save biodiversity — one seed at a time. Reminding us that plants support human life, he shares the vision of the Millennium Seed Bank, which has stored over 3 billion seeds to date from dwindling yet essential plant species.”