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A new documentary tells the story of the 'frozen garden of Eden' hiding below the permafrost in Svalbard, Norway.

from Slate Magazine

A Giant Fridge that Stores Food for Doomsday

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault (aka the doomsday seed bank) is a militarized seed bank on the Norwegian arctic island of Spitsbergen created in 2008. Primary funding for the seed bank comes from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Rockefeller’s CGIAR, DuPont and Syngenta. Similar to Swiss banks, the Norwegian government owns the actual seed vault while the depositors own the actual seeds they send.

crookedindifference: Svalbard Global Seed Vault A secure seedbank located on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen near the town of Longyearbyen in the remote Arctic Svalbard archipelago, about 1,300 kilometres (810 mi) from the North Pole. The facility preserves a wide variety of plant seeds in an underground cavern. The seeds are duplicate samples, or “spare” copies, of seeds held in gene banks worldwide. The seed vault is an attempt to provide insurance against the loss of seeds in geneban

from Vimeo

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from NPR.org

The Ultimate In Heirloom Wheat Arrives At Seed Vault

Samples of forage seeds in the International Center for Tropical Agriculture gene bank recently sent to the Global Seed Vault in Svalbard, Norway.

The Global Seed Vault: designed to store and protect samples of every type of seed from every seed collection in the world. Descending almost 500 feet under the permafrost, the entrance tunnel to the seed vault is designed to withstand bomb blasts and earthquakes.

from Survival Life

How Well Do Canned “Survival Seeds” Hold Up?

door shoe holders re-purposed to be a vertical garden. Photo has strawberries in it. If canvas you're good to go - if plastic just poke holes in the bottom of each pocket!

from Cluk Animations

Seed Vault Looking Out

Svalbard Global Seed Vault in the remote Arctic Svalbard archipelago. If there's a seed that is dying out due to climate changes or disease, this place probably has it and gives out seeds to replenish the seed. This place is the diference between feast and famine.