Deep within the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago, in, literally the middle of nowhere, lies a vault. A vault like no other. A vault that holds no cash or gold but something far more important.
Our food’s future and diversity.
The “Doomsday Seed Vault”, as its nicknamed, is located around 1,300 Km from the North Pole and it serves as a giant repository for the world’s precious seed crops. It’s extremely secure, with reinforced walls, motion sensors, airlocks and all the other geeky security stuff. (the article continues after the ad)
In these walls, duplicate samples of seeds are stored in sealed aluminium bags that exclude moisture so they can remain viable for hundreds or even thousands of years. In this way, even in the event of a global catastrophe, our world’s diverse produce would be securely backed up.
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Photo: National Geographic News