The government of Norway is set to spend $12.7 million on upgrading its Arctic doomsday seed vault, which is aimed at preserving the planet’s crop diversity from nuclear or other disasters.
The Norwegian government announced on its website last week that the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, which was built 10 years ago in an abandoned Arctic coal mine in Svalbard, will now be able to host several new features.
“The project includes the construction of a new, concrete-built access tunnel, as well as a service building to house emergency power and refrigerating units and other electrical equipment that emits heat through the tunnel,” the government stated.
The doomsday vault can store up to 4.5 million crop varieties, and it currently hosts 890,000 samples of crops like maize, rice, wheat, cowpea, barley, potato and others from across the globe.
The supply has already been used for important purposes, the article noted.
“In 2017 the important role of the seed vault was made evident. For the first time seeds were redeposited at the seed vault on Svalbard. The ICARDA International Research Center, previously operating out of Aleppo in Syria, returned seeds harvested after they had retrieved their seeds from Svalbard in 2015,” it said.
The website for Global Seed Vault states that its mission is to “ensure the conservation and availability of crop diversity for food security worldwide.”
It argues that 10,000 years of agricultural legacy should not be left to chance, and warned that if crops disappear, they may be lost forever.
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Source: Christian Post