Red Hot Chili Peppers Arrive at Svalbard Seed Vault

No, not those red hot chili peppers-the kind you eat. U.S Senators and Congressmen spent the July 4th weekend delivering an "eclectic range" of New World chili peppers to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault:

...The seeds were delivered to the vault by a seven-person bipartisan delegation from the U.S. Congress, led by Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission), and including Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL). The seeds were handed over to Dr. Cary Fowler, Executive Director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, the institution that funds the operation and management of the seed vault, as well as the transport of unique seeds from collections around the world. The latest samples of seeds come from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS) in Fort Collins, Colorado...

Ooh... Ooh yeah. Give it away give it away give it away now. Give it away give it away give it away now. Give it away give it away give it away now ...

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