1 Tahrcountry Musings: Frozen Global Seed Vault Planned

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Frozen Global Seed Vault Planned

A frozen global seed vault to ensure diversity of food plants in the event of a catastrophe has been planned in a mountainside on the island of Svalbard 1,000 km from the North Pole. Norwegian government is spearheading this prestigious move on behalf of the international community. It will have space for three million seed varieties including rice, wheat, barley as well as fruits and vegetables. Power failures, natural disasters, wars or simply a lack of money can affect present day Gene banks. This will be the bulwark against all those imponderables.

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