The Svalbard Global Seed Vault - Seeds Safe & Secure
The safety of seeds is crucial for future food security and many types of seed banks exist within the world, however none exist like the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Essentially a vast secure store of “duplicates” of all the important seed samples from the world’s crop collections its mission is to act as a safety net against any accidental loss. This includes anything from funding cuts, to global warming, to a global catastrophe in case of any of these the vault currently holds 6.5 million seeds with 1 million individual varieties.
Svalbard itself is located within a mountain in an Island in the arctic. Seeds are stored in minus 18 degrees celsius which are placed in sealed packages, inside sealed black boxes inside vault. The low temperature and the limited access to oxygen ensures low metabolic activity and cause a delay in the aging of the seeds. However seeds eventually do die but vault has an initiative in place to take stored samples and plant them to harvest new seeds from them. Ensuring the original variety can be perpetuated, and last almost forever. If seed varieties are lost anywhere in the world they can be re-established from the collection at Svalbard.
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Photo sources: Global Crop Trust, Svalbard Photos,