Last night I read the January 2008’s issue of Popular Science, and I came across an interesting article about Svalbard Vault. Thought you may be interested in reading it, too. Click here to read the entire article from Popular Science’s website.
There are three keys facts given in summary fashion on page 60 of the magazine, and I quote:
1. Having a variety of genetic material without crops means when infestation or drought hits, those plans are able to adapt and survive.
2. In the past 200 years, 75 percent of plant variety has disappeared from U.S. crops, a trend that endangers humanity’s food supply.
3. A group of plant scientists are traveling the world to collect seeds for a doomsday vault on a frozen Arctic island-a last option in case disaster strikes.