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Indestructible Seed Bank For World Agriculture

NORWAY
16 January 2006
Spitsbergen

Seeds from crops around the world are being collected for storage in a frozen vault deep underground in Spitsbergen, near the North Pole. The UN-approved scheme has been revived after security concerns over Russia in the 1980's prevented it's realisation.

The concrete bunker will store around 2 million seeds, representing all known varieties of the world's crops, as insurance against catastrophes. It is hoped they would be able to help prevent famine or mass starvation should a serious global disaster occur.

 

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