Deep inside a mountain on a remote island in the Svalbard archipelago, halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole, lies the Global Seed Vault. It is a ‘fail-safe’ seed storage facility, built to stand the test of time — and the challenge of natural or man-made disasters. The Seed Vault represents the world’s largest collection of crop diversity.

Yet, the threat of a recent permafrost melt due to rising temperatures, or the mundane malfunction of a poorly functioning freezer shows as that the ‘safest place on earth’, is vulnerable. And the loss of crop variety is as irreversible as the extinction of any form of life. 


Golden seed paper bank

Paper bank