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How seeds from the Fertile Crescent could prevent climate change using ancient technology

Ancient seeds from the Fertile Crescent, the region that was home to some of the first known cultivation of crops, could have a major role to play in helping us face the challenges of climate change. Ancient crops, such as wheat, barley and lentils, are far more resilient to drought and heat than modern crops and could provide a much needed source of food security as temperatures continue to rise.

Ancient varieties are also less vulnerable to the diseases and pests that plague modern crops and could provide a greater variety of nutrients to people in developing countries. Additionally, their ability to store carbon and help improve soil fertility could have a major impact in reducing the effects of climate change.