An Australian farmer has just deposited hundreds of seeds in an Arctic vault for preservation.
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, known as the Doomsday Vault, is located about 12,000 kilometres from the North Pole in Arctic Norway.
Built into solid rock 60 metres above sea level, in a permanent perma frost, which means the temperature will never rise above -20 degrees C, in an earthquake free zone patrolled by polar bears, the Global Seed Vault has been described as the safest place on Earth. A great article from ABC Radio Austrlaia.
There is also Audio in the article as well, it’s just below the picture, they talk about the Aussie seeds going into the vault. It is all very interesting, of course there will be seeds from all over the world going into the vault.
There are many seed banks around the world, but if you believe the experts there are none that are as secure as this one, because the vault does not have to rely on electricity to keep everything frozen, no worry’s about equipment failure. The main reason for this seed vault is they believe that we are continuing to lose our crop diversity, also if there is some sort of catastrophe we will still have crops to plant.
Svalbard Global Seed Vault
Construction of the seed vault, which cost approximately 45 million Norwegian Kroner (9 million USD), was funded entirely by the Government of Norway. Storage of seeds in the seed vault is free of charge. Operational costs will be paid by Norway and the Global Crop Diversity Trust. The primary funding of the Trust came from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, United Kingdom, Norway, Australia, Switzerland, and Sweden, though funding has been received from a wide variety of sources including four developing countries: Brazil, Colombia, Ethiopia, and India. Wikipidia.