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Deep Chill - The Global Seed Vault


Science & Tech  (tags: science, environment, society, global seed vault, disasters, interesting, safety, research, climate, news, humans )

Carrie
- 365 days ago - aeonmagazine.com
Since 2007, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault has maintained a repository of the world's agricultural heritage. A series of tunnels bored into the side of a mountain, this vault is climate-controlled, secure against tectonic activity or sea-level rise,...



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HELEN V. (51)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 3:35 pm
thanks Carrie, this is something I didn't know. I knew there were seed banks, but not these details
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 5:26 pm
Thanks.
 

Dale O. (190)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 9:01 pm
Fascinating. Monsanto need not apply!
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 18, 2013, 10:06 pm
"We’re losing crop diversity everyday in very mundane ways. We have many feed banks in the world but virtually none work on a secure multiyear budget and equipment failures and accidents, mismanagement are commonplace. Occasionally a feed bank will get in the way of someone else’s fight. We’ve lost feed banks in Iraq and Afghanistan not because they were a target but because they were in the way.

This recognition of the work of seed banks like the one in Svalbard is quotidian, bordering on the banal, and it can help to refocus an attitude towards the environment that sometimes verges on the self-important. A proper relationship to nature must involve a sense of stewardship, to be sure, and a willingness to work for a better tomorrow. But it might also do well to be stripped of a histrionic sense of perpetual catastrophe. Places such as Svalbard can help us to think on a much longer, deeper scale — one in which we are peripheral characters in a drama taking aeons to unfold."

It still scares me as a possible "readying" of a doomsday scenario....:-((

Thanks Carrie.
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Thursday September 19, 2013, 4:21 am
noted
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Thursday September 19, 2013, 9:37 am
Who actually controls it; I mean really controls it?
 

Monika Ka (12)
Thursday September 19, 2013, 9:38 am
Interesting.
 

Roger Garin-michaud (62)
Thursday September 19, 2013, 1:43 pm
noted, thanks
 

GGmaSheila D. (169)
Thursday September 19, 2013, 5:35 pm
Surprised Monsanto, DuPont, and others haven't found a way to take it over, or sabotage it, so there'll be no more seeds but theirs.
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Friday September 20, 2013, 9:08 am
Noted, thanks.
 

John S. (303)
Tuesday September 24, 2013, 4:22 am
I love it: "built away from civilisation because it is the fail-safe, the insurance policy, the last resort" and then "a few hundred feet above sea level". Just one question though, in the case of a doomsday event, how do we get there?
 
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