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    Thousands Of Seeds Sent To Doomsday Vault

    Note the sentence highlighted in red... Rather interesting statement don't you think?

    Thousands of seeds sent to doomsday vault
    Posted : Thu, 24 Jan 2008 1646 GMT

    LONGYEARBYEN, Norway, Jan. 24 Seeds from more than 200,000 of the Earth's crops are being stored in an underground Norwegian vault capable of keeping them safe for thousands of years.

    The seeds -- drawn from vast seed gene bank collections maintained by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, or CGIAR -- will be shipped to the village of Longyearbyen on Norway's Svalbard archipelago near the Arctic Circle. There they will be taken to the Svalbard Gloval Seed Vault that's been constructed on a mountain deep inside the Arctic permafrost.

    Officials said the cornucopia of rice, wheat, beans, sorghum, sweet potatoes, lentils, chick peas and a host of other food, forage and other plants will be a repository of last resort for humanity's agricultural heritage.

    The vault is intended to ensure the seeds will be available should a man-made or natural disaster threaten the world's agricultural systems.

    According to Geoff Hawtin, acting director-general of The International Center for Tropical Agriculture, "With coming climatic changes, higher food prices, and expanding markets for biofuels, our best available options for progress, if not survival, will be in what we have conserved and studied against all thinkable predictions."

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    I think this is wonderful Judee and the more should be doing this including individuals.

    Considering what Monsanto is up to regarding the hybridization of seeds, I think we all should have a stock of heritage and non GMO seeds on hand....those that will produce crops that produce seeds that are viable for germination.

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    Civil War in Syria Triggers First Ever Withdrawal from Doomsday Global Seed Vault
    Buried deep beneath the frozen tundra

    by Julie Fidler
    September 25, 2015

    (Natural Society) The civil war in Syria has prompted the first withdrawal from the Global Seed Vault, which is buried deep beneath the frozen tundra of the Norwegian island of Svalbard.

    The vault is only intended to be opened in the event of a catastrophic event, such as nuclear war or drought, which threatens the extinction of a crop. But Syria has become such a chaotic nation that the guardians of the “Doomsday Vault” felt that preventative measures needed to be taken, for the first time since its creation.

    “We just don’t know what’s going to happen,” said Lainoff about the Syria-based International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), one of the Crop Trust’s 11 global seed banks. “Any day that facility could be hit,” he said.

    Crop Trust is one of the seed vault’s main stewards.

    The primary seed vault in Aleppo, Syria, has been damaged and taken offline in the midst of the raging war that has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives thus far and made some 11 million citizens into refugees. ISIS has been furiously destroying antiquities and vital infrastructures. [1]

    ICARDA has been re-established by Syrian scientists in Beirut, where this week they requested that some of their seeds be returned in order to restart their collection. Plant researchers use the seeds to determine which crops should be planted next in the Middle East in order to prevent crop destruction by pests and drought, and to increase yields to feed the region’s burgeoning population.

    Photograph by Jim Richardson // National Geographic Creative

    The Svalbard Global Seed Vault was built in 2008 and stores more than 850,000 seed samples from all over the world. The seeds would remain frozen and sealed, even if the power were to shut off. Few expected, however, that less than 10 years later, the first withdrawal would be necessary. [2]

    “We did not expect a retrieval this early,” Lainoff told NPR. “But [we] knew in 2008 that Syria was in for an interesting couple of years. This is why we urged them to deposit so early on.”

    ICARDA has requested nearly 130 boxes out of the 325 it deposited in the vault, containing a total of 116,000 samples, including wheat, barley, and grasses suited to dry regions “to replace “seeds in a gene bank near the Syrian city of Aleppo that has been damaged by the war.” [3]

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    The Aleppo site is still functioning, though only partially. A cold storage is still operational, but the seed bank is no longer able to continue as a nucleus to grow seeds and distribute them to other nations, particularly in the Middle East.

    “Lots of people think that this vault is waiting for doomsday before we use it. But it’s really a backup plan for seeds and crops. We are losing seed diversity every day and this is the insurance policy for that,” says Cary Fowler, executive director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, which helps manage the facility.

    Photograph by Jim Richardson // National Geographic Creative

    According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, farmers are no longer planting an estimated three-quarters of the world’s crop biodiversity, due to shifts in weather, societal preferences, and market pressures. This consolidation makes crops more vulnerable to disease, pests, droughts, and other threats.

    ICARDA scientists will use the retrieved seeds to plant and regenerate them at their facilities in Lebanon and Morocco. They’ll also be able to continue their research and replace the samples they had frozen in Norway. [4]

    Additional Sources:

    [1] National Geographic

    [2] Reuters

    [3] NPR

    [4] CNN

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