Seeds on Ice: Svalbard and the Global Seed Vault
by Cary Fowler with photographs by Mari Tefre and Jim Richardson
Introduction by Sir Peter Crane
160 pages – September 6, 2016
Hardcover – 978-1-63226-058-1– $45.00 US / $58.00 CN
In this readable and beautifully illustrated book, Cary Fowler reminds us of our debt to the world of plants and our responsibility for forward-looking stewardship of the variety of plant life, especially of the genetic variety of those plants that are the foundation of global agriculture. It is a personal and passionate reminder that we should not take our reliance on the world of plants for granted, and that in a changing and unpredictable world, the only way to make sure that agriculture remains productive and is resilient for the future, is to ensure that it is adaptable. This book is a plea for the importance of diversity and the need for action to secure the future of plentiful and nutritious food for all. Along with water, food is a pre-requisite for our continuing human existence.
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a key component of global efforts to secure the diversity of our most important crop plants to ensure that they meet our needs for the long term, and this book tells us the inside story of how the vault came to be. It is a more complex and nuanced story than the “Doomsday Vault” romanticized by the popular press, but in the end the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is an elegantly simple and pragmatic response to a pressing global need.
It is an insurance policy for the future of global agriculture. And one that we hope will rarely need to be cashed in.
This is an engaging book on a serious subject. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault began only a few years ago as a visionary concept. Today it is reality. Its importance for the long term is hard to overstate. If you doubt it, just stop for moment and reflect on two simple questions: can we afford to take chances with the future of agriculture? And what else that we are creating today will still be relevant, many centuries from now, not just for a select few, but also for all of humanity?
Cary Fowler served as the Executive Director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust from 2005 to 2012. The trust’s mandate is to ensure “the conservation and availability of crop diversity for food security worldwide.”
Fowler was influential in the creation of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.
Fowler has received several honorary degrees, including an Honorary Doctorate of Law degree from Simon Fraser University,and an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities degree from Rhodes College. He received the Right Livelihood Award with Pat Mooney in 1985 for his work in agriculture and the preservation of biodiversity. Fowler has also received the Vavilov Medal from the Russian Academy of Agricultural Sciences. In 2010, he was one of ten recipients of the 16th Heinz Awards (with special focus on global change). In 2012, he was awarded the “Wind Beneath my Wings” award jointly with his wife Amy P. Goldman at Bette Midler’s annual “Hulaween” party. He was the baccalaureate speaker at the 2013 Rhodes College commencement ceremonies and received the 2015 William L. Brown Award for Excellence in Genetic Resource Conservation from the Missouri Botanical Garden.
Sir Peter Crane was the dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University. He is the former Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, London. He is a fellow of the Royal Society, a foreign associate of the United States National Academy of Sciences and a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences since 2002. He was awarded a knighthood on 12 June 2004.
Mari Tefre is a Norwegian photographer best known for her work on XLTV (1998), Seeds of Time (2013) and Seed Warriors (2010). In 2003 she moved to Svalbard to work with culture productions and children in the worlds northernmost community, Longyearbyen. She started capturing scenes of the Svalbard nature, society and wildlife. She provided international media with spectacular footage and tv-material from the Arctic in the period 2004 – 2013. Now she is back in Oslo, working with event production at NRK Aktivum.
Jim Richardson is a photographer for National Geographic Magazine and a contributing editor for its sister publication, TRAVELER Magazine. Richardson has photographed more than 30 stories for National Geographic.
Richardson’s work takes him around the world, from the tops of volcanic peaks to below the surface of swamps and wetlands. ABC News Nightline produced a story about the long process of assembling a National Geographic coverage by following Richardson in the field and at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C.
“Like the crystalline, fiber-optic sculpture at its portal, the vault is a beacon of optimism and comity in a world that may seem cold and dark. It is a gift to the entire human family for generations to come. Santa, an Arctic neighbor, no doubt would approve.”
—Adrian Higgins, Washington Post
“[Seeds on Ice] reads like a cross between a coffee-table title and a TED talk. . . . Because the Global Seed Vault isn’t open to the public, Fowler’s book is the only view of it most of us will ever get—which is why the coffee-table book format actually works. So as Fowler catalogs the history of agriculture, the long road of crop diversification and, more recently, of how many varieties have already been lost, we get stunning photography to keep us turning the pages. . . . If the pictures of polar bears and collapsing ice shelves aren’t message enough of the timeliness of both the project and the book, Fowler also notes that the Global Seed Vault has already proved its worth. The first seed withdrawal came in 2015, when deposits that had been made from a gene bank in Syria were sent back to help re-establish the banks in the region.”
—The Los Angeles Times
“If you’re already familiar with the Global Seed Vault and understand the crucial role it might play in the future of humanity, you can think of Cary Fowler’s new book as a beautiful coffee-table ornament—with the bonus of lots of informative, readable text. If you’ve never heard of the vault, Seeds on Ice: Svalbard and the Global Seed Vault can be your introduction to an extraordinary, farsighted venture. . . . Besides the science involved in selecting and preserving seeds, [Fowler] gives a fascinating account of the creation of the vault itself. . . . The book is illustrated with hundreds of photographs of the vault and the stunning Arctic environment in which it’s located.” —Washington Post
“Seeds on Ice is a marvel of great story with beautiful pictures illustrating the wilderness of the Norwegian mountain hosting the frozen seeds. But, above all, Seeds on Ice is a monument to [Cary Fowler’s] passionate love for traditional farming and seeds. . . . [He is] telling a passionate story that seeds are life, warning us to wake up and defend unmodified seeds and traditional farming, which are the bedrock of life and civilization.” —Huffington Post
”Fowler’s seed collection may have a reputation as a ‘doomsday vault,’ designed to save us from apocalyptic natural disaster and nuclear war, but his book is far from a harbinger of doom and gloom. Rather, it serves as a thoughtful treatise on our debt to the world or plants, and our responsibility for their stewardship. It also offers a straightforward recounting of Fowler’s vision-turned-reality and, with plenty of stunning photography depicting frigid Svalbard and its surrounding polar bears and glacial shelves, makes for a beautiful addition to any coffee table.” —Sierra Magazine
”Fowler, a key player in the banklike facility’s creation, uses stunning images of the site and its surrounding landscape as a springboard into bigger-picture issues. . . . [A] fascinating look at a place few of us would otherwise visit.”—Discover
We Have Your Daughter: The Unsolved Murder of JonBenét Ramsey Twenty Years Later
by Paula Woodward
528 pages, extensively illustrated with photographs
Hardcover – 978-1-63226-077-2 – $27.50 US / $35.99 CN
eBook – 978-1-63226-078-9 – $14.99 Us / $19.99 CN
September 27, 2016
Emmy Award-winning investigative journalist Paula Woodward offers an unprecedented, definitive, insider perspective on the twentieth anniversary of one of the most heinous, sensationalized, unsolved crimes in American history.
Here for the first time, Woodward examines conversations and information from all sides of those involved in the case. She shares information compiled during the twenty years she reported on the murder, including private conversations with law enforcement individuals directly involved in the case, their thoughts and dissections of what went wrong and right, and who they now believe is the killer.
Woodward has included drawings by JonBenét, letters from her teachers, and photographs that show a normal, happy six-year-old whose life was cut short in such a horrible manner. She shares portions of John Ramsey’s private journal, where he wrote of his torment and grief in the aftermath of the murder. And she recounts personal conversations with JonBenét’s mother prior to her death from cancer in 2006. JonBenét’s brother Burke talks publicly about his sister’s death and how it affected the family and his life.
We have Your Daughter is an extraordinary work of journalism, twenty years in the making. It depicts a family under siege with their guilt or innocence still openly questioned. This book allows readers to decide in this heartbreaking story – was it Ramsey or an unknown intruder?
Author Paula Woodward was an Emmy-award winning investigative reporter for news station, KUSA-TV in Denver for 32 years. Her stories prompted legislators to create new laws and sent criminals to jail. She has been recognized with many awards for her reporting, and has written for both the Rocky Mountain News and Denver Post.
Since retiring from broadcast journalism in 2009, she’s been digging into and writing about unsolved murders, including the case of six-year-old JonBenét Ramsey, whose murder achieved national attention in 1996.
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In her years as First Lady, U.S. Senator, and Secretary of State, Hillary has championed the civil liberties and human rights of all Americans while demonstrating a willingness to use both diplomacy and military force on the world stage where and when required, earning her respect from world leaders and Democrats and Republicans alike.
Written by Bernard Whitman and Dr. Brittany L. Stalsburg, this informative book illustrates Hillary’s vision for America, contrasts her stances with the Republicans, and provides the most important facts and ideas that drive Hillary’s candidacy to help the American people make an informed decision before casting their presidential vote.
Bernard Whitman is a Democratic Party political pollster and strategist in the United States. He makes regular appearances on Fox News, and has appeared as a commentator and strategist on CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Fox Business, ABC and Al Jazeera America.
He is the author of 52 Reasons To Vote For Obama and has been a pollster to political candidates such as Bill Clinton and Michael Bloomberg. Bernard has been involved in the past eight U.S. presidential campaigns and has served as strategic advisor to numerous heads of state, Fortune 500 CEOs, and some of the world’s leading issue advocacy organizations and nonprofit institutions.??
Whitman’s commentary and opinions on current political topics have been covered by national media outlets, and he regularly appears on Fox News to debate conservative commentators. He is a strong supporter of marriage equality and has written opinion columns and appeared on major news networks to advocate his position.??
Whitman is the President and founder of Whitman Insight Strategies, a strategic consulting firm that conducts polls and market research to advise corporations, political leaders, and issue-advocacy organizations. He is a three-time recipient of the David Ogilvy Excellence in Research Award, and pioneered the development of The Political Model to identify the “swing” consumer, and the messages and media channels that can unlock additional votes for a brand or cause.?
He is an alumnus of Brown University, and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal, West Africa
Brittany Stalsburg is a communications strategist and creator of the blog, Women Want To Be On Top. She writes about politics and gender issues regularly. Brittany has helped dozens of organizations develop and refine their message to communicate with a variety of audiences.
Her work has been published in several academic journals and books and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Pollie Awards for issue campaigns and the New York American Association of Public Opinion Research (NYAAPOR) Best Paper Award.
Brittany holds a PhD in political science from Rutgers University and a BA in political science and women’s studies from Providence College.