Seed Vault: A Food Insurance Policy In Case the World Needs to Reboot

   04.16.14

Seed Vault: A Food Insurance Policy In Case the World Needs to Reboot

Exposing The Realities recently wrote about a seed vault deep inside a mountain on the freezing, remote Norwegian island Archipelago of Svalbard.

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a fail-safe, state-of-the-art seed storage facility, built to stand the test of time and all possible natural or man-made disasters. The purpose of the vault is to store frozen duplicates (back ups) of all seed samples from the world’s crop collections, making the vault the ultimate insurance policy for the world’s food supply.

Often called the “Doomsday” Seed Vault, the Svalbard Seed Vault is the world’s insurance policy against botanical disasters, so that food production can be restarted anywhere on the planet following a regional or global catastrophe.

The entrance is the only visible part of the facility.

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The entrance is a long, narrow concrete block made with an artistic decoration on the outer roof surface which reflects the polar light.

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The location takes into account all known scenarios for rising sea level caused by possible global climate changes.

The facility consists of three separate underground chambers. Each chamber has the capacity to store 1.5 million different seed samples. Norway owns the facility, but the Seed Vault functions like a safety deposit box in a bank. Each depositing genebank from nations around the world owns the seeds they send to the Seed Vault for safekeeping.

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The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is the main centralized bank of seeds, but the sources of these seeds would still exist even if some catastrophic event happened. It serves as the main seed vault for practical purposes.

Most people don’t know about this place, so make sure you share with your friends just in case…

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