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Doomsday Seed Vault Update

svalbard-global-seed-vault_9Norway’s Doomsday Seed Vault Hits 1/2 Million Mark

In November 2008, Forced Green posted an article on the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. The “Doomsday Seed Vault” lies 620 miles (1,000 kilometers) from the North Pole, in Norway’s remote Svalbard archipelago, quite literally an Arctic island. The vault complex is designed to withstand global warming, earthquakes and even nuclear strikes. A safeguard against wars or natural disasters wiping out food crops around the globe. A master backup to the world’s other 1,400 seed banks, in case their deposits are lost. A wise move especially in the face of such events as the war wiping out seed banks in Iraq and Afghanistan, and another bank in the Philippines was flooded in the wake of a typhoon in 2006.SvalbardGlobalSeedVault

Days after celebrating its second anniversary, the trust that oversees the seed collection announced on Thursday (March 11), the vault now houses half a million seed samples, making it the world’s most diverse repository of crop seeds. Since it opened for “deposits” two years ago the facility amassed at least one-third of the world’s crop seeds. Since it opened for “deposits” two years ago the facility amassed at least one-third of the world’s crop seeds

The bank still has gaps in its collection such as unique seeds from Ethiopia, China, and India. The most recent additions include a mold-resistant bean from Colombia, a collection of nearly every agricultural soybean species developed in the U.S. in the last century, and a third seed shipment sent to Norway by the U.S. Agricultural Research Service earlier this month that included a wild Russian strawberry which an expeditionary team braved bears and volcanoes to collect.

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13 Responses to “Doomsday Seed Vault Update”

  1. Barbara Says:

    This is most excellent news! In the event of a global disaster, we would be able to survive! 🙂
    .-= Barbara´s last blog ..It’s My 2nd Blog-A-Versary! =-.

  2. mike Says:

    The fact that we need a seed vault scares the crap out of me.
    .-= mike´s last blog ..15 Random Thoughts =-.

  3. westwood Says:

    Well THAT is good news.

    Who funds it?
    .-= westwood´s last blog ..Thus spoke… Camus =-.

  4. Linda Says:

    Hi Westwood …. It is the Global Crop Diversity Trust and here is their site….

  5. Termites Says:

    I’ve heard that in the UK, the authorities are sending down the old books from the library into a vault deep in a mine. It’s not just seeds they are conserving….
    .-= Termites´s last blog ..Termite pictures – Microtermes pakistanicus =-.

  6. Linda Says:

    Hi Termites … Yes, you are correct! Storing for the future generation.

  7. Theresa Cahill Says:

    Being prepared – not just a Boy Scout/Girl Scout motto 🙂

    Actually this is a great idea, unless of course a disaster struck where no one could reach it. That would be a bummer. Also, with all the freaks out there, I wonder if posting a layout of it is a good idea?

    Anyway, looking on the brighter side, in the event it never becomes necessary to access, think of what whoever it might be will feel when they make this huge discovery 1000 years from now 🙂
    .-= Theresa Cahill´s last blog ..Branding Personal Or Other Wise With Gravatars =-.

  8. Linda Says:

    Hi Theresa … The layout should not hurt as it would be very hard to get to… 😀 They would of hit the jackpot!!!

    Hi P … it certainly is a great idea! 😀

  9. p Says:

    It sounds like a good idea to me 🙂

  10. Salvage Antiques Says:

    You know what your blog has some interesting stuff on here. I never even heard of these seed vaults and now I do and after reading some of the comments it is kind of scary. I mean I am sure that these vaults have space for a couple thousand humans.

  11. Linda Says:

    Hi Salvage Antiques … There are vaults everywhere for humans. This one is for seeds and yes, if there was a disaster, I am sure that it could be used as well.

  12. Global Patriot Says:

    I’m hoping that there will be a way for the world’s population to have access to these plant varieties, as we’ve lost so much diversity in our food supply due to industrial farming techniques.
    .-= Global Patriot´s last blog ..10 Ways To Be A Global Patriot On Global Patriot Day 2010! =-.

  13. Linda Says:

    Hi Global Patriot … It is due to the industrial farming techniques that seeds have been passed down from generation to generation thus the seed vault.

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