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SVALBARD SEED VAULT: When the World Ends, Will There be Food to Eat?

What is a seed vault doing on an island in the Arctic, 600 miles from the North Pole?

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01.03.2008. Photo: Mari Tefre/Svalbard Global Seed Vault

The Svalbard Seed Vault in Norway.

Have you thought about what will happen if there is a food blight? And if only one company owns all the seeds, and all these seeds are sterilized seeds through terminator gene technology?

No worries. Someone has already thought of this, and is maintaining a vault of seeds sequestered far away on an island in Norway. The Global Crop Diversity Trust manages the Svalbard Seed Vault.

In this age of waning food-source diversity, it is important we maintain a seed bank such as the Svalbard Facility so we will have the ability to grow food if our own source has shriveled. You want biodiversity to avoid extinction.

And let us sleep soundly knowing the seeds are there, in extreme isolation from humanity. And let us hope they leave a note about where to find that extra key to the vault front door.

 

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26.02.2008. Photo: Mari Tefre/Svalbard Global Seed Vault

ADDITIONAL READING:

Norwegian Ministry of Culture and Food FAQ page

Scientific American, February 26, 2008

The Atlantic, February 28, 2012

National Geographic, July 2, 2012

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