Half-Million Mark for "Doomsday" Seed Vault

The Arctic island "doomsday" seed vault has amassed half a million seed samples in just two years. Although, an impressive number this article states that the Svalbard Global Seed Vault still has significant holes in its collection.

Read the story and watch a video on the doomsday seed vault.

"Haagen-Dazs Loves Honey Bees"

Seed packet given to me at a local event. It is a packet of seeds containing a "wildflower mix" of "bee friendly seeds."

Bee Friendly seeds packet by Haagen-DaszThe back of the seed packet reads:

Honey bee colonies are vanishing at an alarming rate. Their disappearance is unsettling considering they're responsible for pollinating one-third of all the food we eat, including many ingredients that define our all-natural ice cream. Fortunately, you can do something about it. Plant these seeds and with a little sun, water and luck, you'll grow some bee-friendly flowers that will provide much needed food for our hero the honey bee. Learn more about the plight of the honey bees at

Bee Friendly Seed Packet by Haagen-DaszThe directions read:

"Sow seeds 1/8 inch deep and 12 inches apart outdoors in an area of direct sunlight. Seeds can be started indoors in individual pots 3 to 4 weeks before setting out."

No information about what kind of seeds they are or who grew and packaged them.