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quote:Originally posted by MayoFlyFarmerchances are what wipes humans off teh earth will be human-created. in which case, do we really deserve to survive it?
quote:Originally posted by OphioliteThis is one aspect of surving catastrophe, though it relates only to crops.Norway is planning to build a "doomsday vault" inside a mountain on an Arctic island to hold a seed bank of all known varieties of the world's crops. The Norwegian government will hollow out a cave on the ice-bound island of Spitsbergen to hold the seed bank. It will be designed to withstand global catastrophes like nuclear war or natural disasters that would destroy the planet's sources of food.
quote:I can see a few problems with this.
quote:You have a vault full of seeds, but no-one alive who knows how to open the vault.
quote:Even if you could open the vault, and could get the seeds to the location on the planet from whence they came, many of them might depend upon animals being alive to help their pollination or germination.
quote:The vault is useful if one looses a few species by accident, one will have a reserve from which to draw upon to re-establish those few species; but I cannot see it having any value if there is large scale destruction of the animal population that the plants will be intimately bound with, or the destruction of the human infrastructure which would allow the resource to be utilised.