With the ongoing genetic alteration of our seeds in laboratories by Monsanto and other companies, the importance of saving seeds of all varieties cannot be understated.
That’s just one of the reasons why the Global Seed Vault, also known as the Svalbard Seed Vault on the Norwegian Island of Spitsbergen, was created.
The rock vault is built into the side of “impregnable” permafrost and was designed to be protected from any and all possible natural disasters. But according to multiple reports the vault has now been exposed and has become potentially vulnerable to natural disasters.
Seed Vault Floded Due to Rising Temperatures
According to this report from The Guardian, the seed vault has been breached due to rising temperatures over the winter which sent meltwater gushing into the entrance tunnel.
The rising temperatures were blamed on climate change according to the article, which noted soaring temperatures in the Arctic that led to the unexpected melting.
The vault contains almost a million packets of seeds, with each packet containing a different type of important food crop. The construction was to said to be “failsafe” at the time of its completion against any “natural or man-made disasters.”
“It was not in our plans to think that the permafrost would not be there and that it would experience extreme weather like that,” said Hege Njaa Aschim from the Norwegian government according to the article.
“A lot of water went into the start of the tunnel and then it froze to ice, so it was like a glacier when you went in,” she added.
The article said that the seeds are still safe for now, however, as they are being stored at the necessary temperature of -18 degrees Celsius. The vault is now being watched 24 hours a day to make sure no further damage or emergencies arise.
The question remains as to whether the rising temperatures will continue in the future or if the incident was isolated.
“The Arctic and especially Svalbard warms up faster than the rest of the world. The climate is changing dramatically and we are all amazed at how quickly it is going,” Ketil Isaksen from Norway’s Meteorological Institute told the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet.
The vault has been subject to much speculation and conspriacy theories over the years due to the investments of Bill Gates (the Pro-GMO Microsoft founder and billionaire), Monsanto, Syngenta, and the Rockefeller Foundation. Government and other officials have vowed to protect it due to its importance for preserving seed biodiversity, which has been dropping due to corporate owned monocultures and disappearing indigenous varieites of seed and plant varieities.
For more on these developments, check out the full article in The Guardian by clicking on this link.
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