The Global Seed Vault

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Svalbard Global Seed Vault was established to preserve a wide variety of plant seeds in an underground cavern. It is an assurance to reduce of hunger & poverty due to the national disaster. Construction of the Seed Vault, which cost approximately 45 million Norwegian Kroner (9 million USD), was funded entirely by the Government of Norway. The seed bank is constructed 120 meters (390 ft) inside a sandstone mountain at Svalbard on Spitsbergen Island. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault opened officially on February 26, 2008.

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The first seeds arrived in January 2008. This vault can storage 4.5 million samples of different seeds in the dry temperature of 0° F (-18° C). This storage process can protect the seeds for the thousands of years. Svalbard Global Seed Vault ranked no.6 on Time’s Best Inventions Of 2008.

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TIL the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a secure facility built into the side of a mountain intended to safeguard the seeds of the world’s food plants in the event of a global crisis. from todayilearned

30 Comments on “The Global Seed Vault”

  1. yeah err…. what about the people?you know the ones that are supposed to open the vault and plant the seeds.I would be more inclined to think this is cool if it was for people. Why would they build this expensive thing anyway . where are the people vaults? do they know something we don’t?hmmmmm….

  2. Of course the governments know something we don’t. Duh! Maybe you should take a look at the rifts books or you can believe in whatever you want. Either way there are “people vaults” , you just don’t know about them.If you are not an asset to the government,or a very big spender$$$$$$$$$ then you wont ever know. There’s always those trusty fallout shelters, ha ha ha.

  3. I find it strange that an article about something as important as this has been translated so badly. I realise it was originally written in Norwegian, but would it have been too much trouble to have it checked by a native English speaker?

    “If you want to report the problem with the fact please comment bellow”

    I mean, really!

  4. The vault is a very important structure, today natural seeds are being replaced by Genetically modified seeds, GM seeds have a greated yield than natural seeds, although GM seeds only produce once therfore one has to perchase new seeds for the next crop. The people who produce the GM seeds therefore have the POWER of controlling agriculture. Eventually poor nations will starve as rich nations will withhold seeds for staple foods. This power should not be given to anyone. This vault should therefore store all NATURAL seeds and no genetically modified ones, as storage of GM seeds would be pointless.

  5. Imraan wrote: #
    The vault is a very important structure, today natural seeds are being replaced by Genetically modified seeds, GM seeds have a greated yield than natural seeds, although GM seeds only produce once therfore one has to perchase new seeds for the next crop. The people who produce the GM seeds therefore have the POWER of controlling agriculture. Eventually poor nations will starve as rich nations will withhold seeds for staple foods. This power should not be given to anyone. This vault should therefore store all NATURAL seeds and no genetically modified ones, as storage of GM seeds would be pointless.

    This is not completely accurate GM seeds do not only produce once, they produce new seeds like other plants. In fact this has been an objection to GM crops, that once they establish themselves they are hard to remove again.

    Poor nations may indeed starve, but not because rich ones withhold seeds, what would be the point? They want the poor nations to grow the crops and sell the cheaply to the rich ones, just like today!

    Indeed they should only store natural seeds, as the point is to preserve the variety of seeds and plants, but you can be sure that, if we ever need to use the seed store, the seeds will be mnodified to suit the conditions they will be grown under. And who knows what they might be?

  6. Please excuse the spelling errors, I was in a hurry to post my comment

    it should read “…sell them cheaply….”
    and “..seeds will be modified…”

    And a comma after accurate!

  7. “The Svalbard Global Seed Vault opened officially on February 26, 2008. The first seeds arrived in January2008″, uh, january comes BEFORE february. were they sneaking seeds in before the opening?

  8. Anyone else think it rather odd that should anything happen, we’ve hidden these seeds in the baron wasteland of Siberia? Why not somewhere a little closer to the equator? I know that once we’ve quelled the masses of brain munching zombies I’m not really going to be in the mood for a hike through siberia just to pick up my handy dandy seed packets,assuming I can even get in the front door.

  9. I think everyone is being ridiculous. I can understand trying to preserve such things, but if you read the Bible, you will fully know that God intends on *everything and everyone* being taken up or destroyed during the end times. When God comes back to rule, the earth shall be perfect, therefore, needing no seeds to be kept. He will provide everything. God bless you. If you need more information on what I am speaking of, please refer to King James version of the Bible, preferrably the book of Matthew c.24 and c.25.

  10. I want to know how is any survivor going to get inside this thing????

    that’s assuming some of us survive the catastrophy, find this thing,have a spot of land to plant the seeds, hav e enuff resources to last us, until the seeds produce food we can eat…

    in one way I see it as a wise thing, but in another I see it as a waste of money…when things get so bad, we desperately need those seeds, the land all over will be so polluted, there will be no place they will grow anyhow….

  11. there better be every seed on this planet in there, and i mean EVERY seed on this planet. even ridiculious stuff we dont think we’ll need. ooohhhhh!

  12. Even WE, the Canadians could beat and rob the Norwegians and take their seeds…if they were smart they would spend another 45 mill on a military strictly for this vault..ha. pretty cool though!

  13. Nikki wrote: #
    I think everyone is being ridiculous. I can understand trying to preserve such things, but if you read the Bible, you will fully know that God intends on *everything and everyone* being taken up or destroyed during the end times. When God comes back to rule, the earth shall be perfect, therefore, needing no seeds to be kept. He will provide everything. God bless you. If you need more information on what I am speaking of, please refer to King James version of the Bible, preferrably the book of Matthew c.24 and c.25.

    Put your god and your bible in your *ss and wake up, sheep, there is no god.

  14. What a fantastic idea !! Please remember that according to our teeth structure ; we grew up munching Plants ! Therefore it is fair to say , that modified seeds will not produce the correct chemical reaction in the body , and over time a degree of sickness could set in ! Please be aware , that Humans do adapt to their food , but natural is always better ! What a pity we do not have the teeth structure for being chocoholics , from cave man times ! The result of storage does not put into question the seeds , but rather what we have evolved to , in our geographical locations over a period of time !!!

  15. this is a global effort, And we are only privy to this seed storage facility. There are lots of them. Mike Rowe on dirty jobs collected seeds for a storage facility in the UStates. So that’s two we know of! How many more is out there?

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