Welcome to my first episode of
Things I Should Know: The Seed Vault
I think everyone has heard the phrase, you learn something new every day. What people don’t say – you don’t always like what you learn. Some of it is good and knowledgeable and some are facts or odd tidbits of information that doesn’t really benefit you. Then, some of it is saddening, slightly overwhelming, and puts you at a loss for words.
I had one of these moments recently. I was standing in line waiting for a bus with my boyfriend tells me about an article he read recently concerning the Seed Vault.
WHAT IS THE SEED VAULT?
A quick Google search will reveal the following answer:
A seed bank (also seedbank or seeds bank) stores seeds to preserve genetic diversity; hence it is a type of gene bank.
This vault can safely house up to 4.5 million types of seeds. Located in Svalbard, Norway, this facility ensures that seed samples stay frozen with its extremely cold climate, most importantly it’s permafrost.*
Note* – as I can’t always remember what certain words mean here is the definition of permafrost.
*Permafrost – a thick subsurface layer of soil that remains frozen throughout the year, occurring chiefly in polar regions.
WHY HAVE A SEED BANK?
To pull information from this well-put together and informative website: https://www.croptrust.org/our-work/svalbard-global-seed-vault/
The Vault is the ultimate insurance policy for the world’s food supply, offering options for future generations to overcome the challenges of climate change and population growth. It will secure, for centuries, millions of seeds representing every important crop variety available in the world today. It is the final back up.
I want to take a minute. Take a proverbial step back and think about the individuals who came up with this idea. Let’s applaud them. In my imagination, these men and/or women who had this idea, funded this project, and helped build it are the types of people who walk away from an apocalyptic film and do something absolutely extraordinary. They prepare for the worst. I have no idea if that’s what happened. Most likely, not at all. All the same, I applaud them as humans on this Earth. Good job. Well done. You deserve to survive an apocalypse.
SO, WHAT’S THE PROBLEM?
The failsafe is melting.
Now, I don’t mean to be a doomsday sayer. I’m not trying to cause stress or unwanted tragic loss sort of thoughts but this is important to know – hence this new segment I will attempt to create.
The article my boyfriend told me about is this one:
The one thing that this seed vault is not protected against climate change. I find myself laughing at the irony of it all but the fact remains: the ‘final back up’ is starting to melt. As of date, no seeds have been lost and the melting that has happened will freeze again because of the area the vault is located.
All the same, Welcome to Things I Should Know