Preserving seed from food plants is a critical element in the ongoing effort to preserve the world’s biodiversity while adapting to climate change and global warming, thereby ensuring a reliable supply of food for the world’s population for the foreseeable future. There are hundreds of gene banks around the world, but some of them are vulnerable to war, natural disasters or more mundane factors such as inadequate management or insufficient money. Thus, the creation of a “central bank” for the world’s seeds – primarily of food plants – was a no-brainer.
Take a closer look at the Svalbard Global Seed Vault…
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* Article: Seeding our future