Sementes em risco

A partir deste post de Safaa Dib, tradutora de Fome, cheguei a uma notícia terrível sobre a ameaça que paira sobre o Instituto descrito na novela de Elise Blackwell:

«Outside of St. Petersburg, Russia, the Pavlovsk Station houses a huge collection of unique and diverse apples, strawberries, cherries, raspberries, currants and many more — more than 5,000 varieties in all. First assembled in 1926 by Nikolai Vavilov, the inventor of the modern seed bank, this collection will be vital as scientists race to breed new varieties to adapt to climate change and that resist the rising tide of disease, pests and drought. 90 percent of the fruit and berry varieties at Pavlovsk can be found nowhere else.
During the Siege of Leningrad in World War II, scientists starved to death while protecting this diversity. They chose to protect seeds over feeding themselves precisely because they understood the importance of this priceless resource to the future of agriculture.
Today, the Pavlovsk station is facing bulldozers. Over the protests of scientists at the Pavlovsk Station, the government is poised to convert the land to a housing development. This is nothing short of an environmental disaster – and one that is easily avoidable.»

Felizmente, a campanha contra este desastre está a dar os seus frutos e o presidente russo, Dmitri Medvedev, alertado através do Twitter, terá prometido investigar o assunto.


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