Seven bipartisan U.S. senators recently travelled to an Arctic seed vault to deliver a variety of crop seeds including hot peppers and sorghum. The seeds were placed into the sort of safety deposit box to ensure the preservation of their species in the future.
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a 'doomsday' inspired concept that contains seeds of more than 525,000 crop varieties. Located on a remote Norwegian island near the North Pole, the seed vault keeps varieties cold, viable and safe from threats of natural disasters and war.
Other crops delivered include hot peppers, sorghum, melons, peanuts, beans, sesame, hibiscus, squash, and gourd. The crop vault will not only be useful in case of a catastrophe, but also as a means to counteract the genetic drift of genetically modified crops that are taking over commercial farms around the planet. The seed vault is a great idea, and should preserve the diversity of heirloom and other crop varieties for ages.
- Mitchell Flexo
Photo: Mari Tefre/Global Crop Diversity Trust