Svalbard Global Seed Vault: Saving for the Future
Tucked away in the remote archipelagos of Norway, a tall, metal monolith sticks out in the snow. Hidden inside is the source of all life- seeds. The huge cold storage facility, known as the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, preserves seed samples containing what may one day save billions of lives. The massive genebank can safely store 2.25 billion seeds in permafrost. Currently, over 500 million seeds are kept in the bank. But why do we need all of these seeds?
In the future, as war, climate change, and diseases ravage crops, the genetic variation in the world's farms may completely deteriorate. Unfortunately, many of the existing seed vaults are not well-funded or well-maintained. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault aims to act as the ultimate fallback, strategically placed in hopes that if crop diversity completely falls apart and all of the other seed banks are destroyed, food security is still present. 9 million dollars later, the installation was ready to receive its first donations.
Svalbard Global Seed Vault is the final defense against the lack of crop variation on our planet. As a human race, we rely on staple crops, and the bank is exactly what we need to move forward.