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A colorful combination of different rice strains
A colorful combination of different rice strains

Source: International Rice Research Institute

A crop duster spraying pesticide in California
A crop duster spraying pesticide in California

Source: USDA photo by Charles O'Rear

A memorial to the Irish Great Famine in Dublin
A memorial to the Irish Great Famine in Dublin
A potato harvest in Idaho around 1920
A potato harvest in Idaho around 1920
A wheat harvest in Idaho
A wheat harvest in Idaho

Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture

An agricultural image dated around 1200 BCE
An agricultural image dated around 1200 BCE

Source: the Yorck Project

Banaue rice terraces in the Philippines, where traditional landraces have been grown for thousands of years.
Banaue rice terraces in the Philippines, where traditional landraces have been grown for thousands of years.

Source: Public Library of Science

Entrance to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault
Entrance to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Source: photo by Mari Tefre

Full-grown maize plants
Full-grown maize plants

Source: photo by Christian Fischer

Irrigation of a cotton field
Irrigation of a cotton field

Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Maize kernels
Maize kernels

Source: photo by Andrew Butko

Norman Borlaug, the "father of the Green Revolution"
Norman Borlaug, the "father of the Green Revolution"

Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Physicist and environmentalist Vandana Shiva
Physicist and environmentalist Vandana Shiva

Source: Elke Wetzig

Rendering of the layout of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault
Rendering of the layout of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Source: Global Crop Diversity Trust

Seeds in storage at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault
Seeds in storage at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault
Storage shelves in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault
Storage shelves in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Source: photo by Mari Tefre

The Great Famine, or Irish Potato Famine, is one historical example of the dangers of monoculture.
The Great Famine, or Irish Potato Famine, is one historical example of the dangers of monoculture.

Source: Drawing by James Mahoney, printed in the Illustrated London News

To increase the genetic diversity of U.S. corn, the Germplasm Enhancement for Maize (GEM) project seeks to combine exotic germplasm, such as this unusually colored and shaped maize from Latin America, with domestic corn lines.
To increase the genetic diversity of U.S. corn, the Germplasm Enhancement for Maize (GEM) project seeks to combine exotic germplasm, such as this unusually colored and shaped maize from Latin America, with domestic corn lines.

Source: USDA photo by Keith Weller

Ug99 stem rust on a wheat stalk. Ug99 is currently one of the most dangerous threats to global wheat production.
Ug99 stem rust on a wheat stalk. Ug99 is currently one of the most dangerous threats to global wheat production.

Source: USDA photo by Yue Jin

Varieties of potato, a staple food in the U.S. and elsewhere
Varieties of potato, a staple food in the U.S. and elsewhere

Source: by Scott Bauer

Wheat in the Hulah Valley, an agricultural region in Northern Israel
Wheat in the Hulah Valley, an agricultural region in Northern Israel

Source: Carol Spears

Wheat is processed into a variety of familiar foods
Wheat is processed into a variety of familiar foods

Source: USDA photo by Keith Weller

Women work on an Indonesian rice plantation
Women work on an Indonesian rice plantation

Source: Gunawan Kartapranata