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WTF Indian govt has a secret backup doomsday seed vault of svalbard

 
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08/22/2012 12:02 PM
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WTF Indian govt has a secret backup doomsday seed vault of svalbard
[link to www.scidev.net]
[NEW DELHI] An Indian seed bank in the Himalayas will serve as a backup for Indian genetic material stored in the global seed vault in the Arctic.

Indian scientists said the Himalayan facility is the second largest in the world after the Arctic seed vault that opened in Svalbard, Norway, in February 2008 and reported a collection of half a million species in March 2010.
[link to www.thehindu.com]

It is India’s doomsday vault. If the land lies cracked and barren waiting for the rain, if the sea swallows coastal paddy fields, if plagues of pests wipe crops out of existence, India has an insurance policy – a set of seeds carefully preserved in permafrost, ready to be restored, that can be cultivated and sown to feed its people.

Nestled 17,500 feet high on a cliff top in the Himalayas, Chang-La has the sub zero temperatures and low humidity necessary to suspend seed life for future generations. It is a site carefully chosen. It is far from rising seas and tectonic plate movement but around 75 km from the Leh aiport, it is close enough to human civilisation today to deposit the country’s agricultural heritage with ease.
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Re: WTF Indian govt has a secret backup doomsday seed vault of svalbard
They had better. Any government that has failed to do at least this minimial task towards securing the future, should have thier heads placed on pikes.

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