Here’s something else that left me with some major feels recently: A heartbreaking account of Nikolay Vavilov’s efforts to rid Russia of starvation during World War 2, only to be captured by the KGB and starved to death over the course of a year and a half. How his colleagues ultimately perished protecting the seeds for future generations brought me to tears. It’s one thing to read this story but so much more powerful to hear the breaks in the author’s voice as he recalls the remarkable efforts of these scientists to save the seeds.  Never before had I heard of this botanist, but thanks to the Splendid Table interviewing Gary Paul Nahban, I’m eager to read his book, Where Our Food Comes From: Retracing Nikolay Vavilov’s Quest to End Famine. Click the link below to hear Lynn Rosetto Casper’s interview with author Gary Paul Nabhan.

http://www.splendidtable.org/story/how-nikolay-vavilov-the-seed-collector-who-tried-to-end-famine-died-of-starvation