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From the Ted Talk by Cary Fowler: One seed at a time, protecting the future of food

Unscramble the Blue Letters

If you were to walk into one of these rooms, you would see this. It's not very exciting, but if you know what's there, it's pretty emotional. We have now about 425,000 samples of unique crop varieties. There's 70,000 samples of different vteireais of rice in this ftilaciy right now. About a year from now, we'll have over half a million smpaels. We're going up to over a million, and someday we'll bllciaasy have samples — about 500 seeds — of every variety of alciaurrgutl crop that can be stored in a frozen satte in this facility. This is a backup system for world agriculture. It's a backup system for all the seed banks. Storage is free. It ortepaes like a safety deposit box. Norway owns the mountain and the facility, but the depositors own the seed. And if anything happens, then they can come back and get it. This particular picture that you see shows the national collection of the United States, of Canada, and an international institution from Syria.

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If you were to walk into one of these rooms, you would see this. It's not very exciting, but if you know what's there, it's pretty emotional. We have now about 425,000 samples of unique crop varieties. There's 70,000 samples of different _________ of rice in this ________ right now. About a year from now, we'll have over half a million _______. We're going up to over a million, and someday we'll _________ have samples — about 500 seeds — of every variety of ____________ crop that can be stored in a frozen _____ in this facility. This is a backup system for world agriculture. It's a backup system for all the seed banks. Storage is free. It ________ like a safety deposit box. Norway owns the mountain and the facility, but the depositors own the seed. And if anything happens, then they can come back and get it. This particular picture that you see shows the national collection of the United States, of Canada, and an international institution from Syria.

Solution

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  2. varieties
  3. basically
  4. agricultural
  5. state
  6. samples
  7. facility

Original Text

If you were to walk into one of these rooms, you would see this. It's not very exciting, but if you know what's there, it's pretty emotional. We have now about 425,000 samples of unique crop varieties. There's 70,000 samples of different varieties of rice in this facility right now. About a year from now, we'll have over half a million samples. We're going up to over a million, and someday we'll basically have samples — about 500 seeds — of every variety of agricultural crop that can be stored in a frozen state in this facility. This is a backup system for world agriculture. It's a backup system for all the seed banks. Storage is free. It operates like a safety deposit box. Norway owns the mountain and the facility, but the depositors own the seed. And if anything happens, then they can come back and get it. This particular picture that you see shows the national collection of the United States, of Canada, and an international institution from Syria.

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