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ruthless compassion
28 June 2006 @ 09:10 am
I want to live in a country that would do this:

A 'Forever' Seed Bank Takes Root in the Arctic
Daniel Charles*

LONGYEARBYEN, NORWAY--The prime ministers of five Nordic countries gathered here on the arctic archipelago of Svalbard last week to mark the beginning of a unique bunker: an underground vault that will hold up to 3 million seeds. Launched with $3 million from Norway, the project seeks to preserve the DNA of agricultural crops--the most complete such collection in the world by far. "It will contribute to ensuring our food security [and] protect our cultural heritage," says Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.