This is why the Doomsday Seed Vault has been tapped for the first time

This is why the Doomsday Seed Vault has been tapped for the first time

I can’t…am I the only one who didn’t know that we had a doomsday seed vault in the first place? This sounds like a bad Michael Bay movie, yet here we are…

This is why the Doomsday Seed Vault has been tapped for the first time

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, built in 2008, stores more than 850,000 seed samples from nations all over the world. Extending nearly 500 feet into the mountain, it’s intended to safeguard the planet’s food supply and biodiversity in the event a doomsday catastrophe like nuclear war or crippling disease wipes out varieties of plants.
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…Less than 10 years after the opening, officials are preparing to withdraw seeds for the first time. What apocalyptic event prompted the removal of some of humanity’s food backups?

The Syrian civil war.

According to CNN, the conflict has already claimed over 300,000 casualties, with over 12 million needing emergency care. So add “tapping into our Doomsday reserves” as something else that’s going on in the world.

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