Dan Charles, NPR
Cary Fowler is the executive director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, based in Rome.
Norway has launched a unique construction project on the remote Norwegian island of Svalbard, halfway between the Arctic Circle and the North Pole. It's an underground vault for agricultural seeds, a kind of Noah's Ark for millions of varieties of wheat, rice, and hundreds of other crops that farmers no longer plant in their fields.
For a soft-spoken man from western Tennessee named Cary Fowler, it's the culmination of a lifelong — and controversial — campaign.