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Channel: Vox
Categories: Society / Culture   |   Environmental   |   Science   |   Social Science  
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I visited Svalbard's Global Seed Vault, built specifically for doomsday.

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In this video I visited Svalbard's Global Seed Vault, founded by the Crop Trust group in 2008. Over 135,000 genetic deposits have been stored since the vault's opening, to be used at a further date in case crop diversity is threatened due to changing global conditions. The seed vault had its first withdrawal, caused by the war in Syria in 2015, and had minor flooding in May 2017.

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