954 users online (195 members and 759 guests)  


The Killing Season - Websleuths

Websleuths News


Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Posts
    3,642

    Norway's Ark (of Crops)

    I think this is a brilliant idea! The Norwegians are not waiting for the rest of the world to change its behavior to save the environment:

    Norway building 'doomsday vault' to protect seeds

    But Norway's ambitious project is on its way to becoming reality. Construction began Monday on the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, designed to house as many as 3 million of the world's crop seeds.

    ...

    Norway's Agriculture Minister Terje Riis-Johansen has called the vault a "Noah's Ark on Svalbard."

    Its purpose is to ensure the survival of crop diversity in the event of plant epidemics, nuclear war, natural disasters or climate change, and to offer the world a chance to restart growth of food crops that may have been wiped out.

    ...

    http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/science....ap/index.html

  2. #2
    Quote Originally Posted by Cypros
    I think this is a brilliant idea! The Norwegians are not waiting for the rest of the world to change its behavior to save the environment:

    Norway building 'doomsday vault' to protect seeds

    But Norway's ambitious project is on its way to becoming reality. Construction began Monday on the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, designed to house as many as 3 million of the world's crop seeds.

    ...

    Norway's Agriculture Minister Terje Riis-Johansen has called the vault a "Noah's Ark on Svalbard."

    Its purpose is to ensure the survival of crop diversity in the event of plant epidemics, nuclear war, natural disasters or climate change, and to offer the world a chance to restart growth of food crops that may have been wiped out.

    ...

    http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/science....ap/index.html
    How cool! I had hoped the Biosphere in Arizona may have accomplished something similar to this.

    What a great idea!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    6,459
    Thanks for the link, I think it's a great idea! I thought the following parts were interesting from that article:
    The seeds, packaged in foil, would be stored at such cold temperatures that they could last hundreds, even thousands, of years, according to the independent Global Crop Diversity Trust. The trust, founded in 2004, has also worked on the project and will help run the vault, which is scheduled to open and start accepting seeds from around the world in September 2007.
    and
    The Nordic nation is footing the bill, amounting to about $4.8 million for infrastructure costs.
    and
    While Norway will own the vault facility, countries contributing seeds will own the material they deposit -- much as with a bank safe deposit box. The Global Crop Diversity Trust will help developing countries pay the cost of preparing and sending seeds.
    Link to rest of article
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    *My posts are my opinions, expressed freely thanks to the First Amendment.*



Similar Threads

  1. Norway - Mobile phone rape - doctor sentenced
    By Norwegian in forum Crimes in the News
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 07-11-2011, 07:29 AM
  2. Portfolio: Norway’s New Roadside Attractions
    By belimom in forum Up to the Minute
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 04-08-2011, 02:07 PM
  3. Moose Seen Surfing in Norway
    By petra in forum News that makes you smile!
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 03-10-2006, 09:15 AM
  4. Norway - Man Acquitted of Rape; Says He Was Asleep
    By VespaElf in forum Crimes in the News
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 12-17-2004, 09:55 PM