Most of us do not think of planting anything and also think that a seed has a type of DNA. Malting Barley is a special seed that is designed for many characteristics beyond taste. It has been developed over decades to achieve such things as drought tolerance, yields, to resist diseases and adapt to soil conditions. Folks, these are just a few of the things grain research has accomplished to help feed the world and make good beer. All of this science in adapting plant DNA to environmental changes is at risk of being lost. Ukraine is the breadbasket to most of the World. Article is from: Thomson/Reuters and photo is from AP. This article is worth reading, especially in light of the craft beer industry.