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Posted 2006-01-12 by Tony Walsh
 
 
     
 
The BBC reports that the Norwegians plan to create a sealed Arctic repository containing seeds for all known crops on Earth. The vault will reportedly be dug out of a sandstone mountain about 600 miles from the North Pole, and is designed to "withstand global catastrophes like nuclear war or natural disasters that would destroy the planet's sources of food." Apparently there are around 1,400 such seed banks worldwide. This way, when man genetically-modifies its food-supply into an unrecognizable mess, we can just burn everything to the groud and dip into the bank for backup.
 
     
 
   
 
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Comment posted by Astarte
January 13, 2006 @ 12:16 am
     
 
I certainly hope they're not like traditional tape back-ups... you know, the ones where the Sysadmins make a huge deal about making a backup, then when you actually, y'know, need to access the backups they tell you how impossible it is?
 
     
 
     
   
 
Comment posted by Tony Walsh
January 13, 2006 @ 9:30 am
     
 
I wonder if the seeds will actually be "perfect," genetically, or if decades of ambient pollution have already rendered the stock's DNA less than pure. Then we'd be making backups based on corrupted data. Whee!
 
     
 
     
   
 
Comment posted by liam
January 13, 2006 @ 11:43 am
     
 
Couldn't we just hit ctrl+alt+del? It always works for me.
 
     
 
     
   
 
Comment posted by lipsperse
January 16, 2006 @ 9:24 pm
     
 
the problem is not if we distroy our selfs but to get a running jump ahead of extinction anb also there is great concern for the effects of genetic modification escaping into the earths bio sphere and doing ireversable damage.Every one wants to save the wales but who wants to save wild (angionsperm) ie.weeds.The problem being weed ot day becomes steak tomorrow and if not steak the cleaning of our waterways and atmosphere.
The expertise put in to collecting, monitering, testing,germinating,storing etc is huge and in places like England in funned by lottery money as it is not the glamorus end of conservation but if people like to continue to breath it is vital work
 
     
 
     
   
 
Comment posted by lipsperse
January 16, 2006 @ 9:28 pm
     
 
Ps.lips is deslyxic so some spelling errors i am totaly unaware of even by looking at them.
this is to save you the trouble of emailing me to point them out
 
     
 
     
   
 
 
     
 
     
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