Seed Banks

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Summary A seedbank stores seeds as a source for planting in case seed reserves elsewhere are destroyed. They need to be established in many redundant and overlapping locations on earth to ensure the survival of our species and others through the ability to restore plants vital to life.
Details It is a type of gene bank. The seeds stored may be food crops, or those of rare species to protect biodiversity. The reasons for storing seeds may be varied. In the case of food crops, many useful plants that were developed over centuries are now no longer used for commercial agricultural production and are becoming rare. Storing seeds also guards against catastrophic events like natural disasters, outbreaks of disease, or war.

They should be under local democratic control so that they are not subject to the whims of commerce or particular ideologies.

Scale Global
Priority Critical
Timeframe Permanent
Related Links http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seedbank http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svalbard_Global_Seed_Vault
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