Give Peas a Chance
A conservationist cradles two vials of peas destined for deposit in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.
See the ‘Doomsday’ Seed Vault Opened in Response to Syria Crisis
Scientists have had to tap the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway because of the chaos in Syria.
Rising concern over the ability of countries to grow food has led to the first ever request for a deposit from the “doomsday” seed vault in a frigid corner of Norway. Thanks to Syria’s civil war, the region’s primary seed vault in Aleppo has been forced to operate in a limited fashion, amid fighting that has left several hundred thousand dead and forced an estimated 11 million to become refugees. As ISIS controls part of Syria and refugees stream across Europe, destruction of antiquities and infrastructure continues.
Syrian scientists have re-established the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas in a decentralized model, with staff in eight surrounding countries and a temporary headquarters in Beirut. This