The Seed Vault: Preserving Crop Diversity Forever
17 minutes, USA, 2017
Nestled in the Svalbard archipelago lies a small unassuming-yet-sturdy building created to last forever. While it may look minimal, this building is one of the most important in the world because it holds the key to continual human survival. It houses the world’s largest—and most secure—collection of crop diversity. While the Svalbard Global Seed Vault isn’t the only gene bank in the world, its seed collection is most likely to maintain funding while also withstanding war, natural disasters and climate change.
Built by the Norwegian government and encouraged by the Crop Trust when the vulnerability of other gene banks came to light, the Global Seed Vault serves as a timeless record of crops throughout generations. It’s meant to ensure—regardless of what happens to the planet—that agriculture can survive and thus, the human race can survive.
Since 1903, over 93% of fruit and vegetable varieties in the U.S. have gone extinct. With a changing climate, the only way agriculture can adapt and continue to feed the world is with crop diversity. The Global Seed Vault’s mission is to ensure agriculture remains resilient to environmental changes.
There are currently over 930,000 samples in the vault—seeds from every country in the world. Ultimately, the hope is to greatly increase this number. The vault has the ability to store 4.5 million varieties of crops and a maximum of 2.5 billion seeds.
It’s every citizen’s moral duty—and in the world’s best interest—to come together to fund the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, helping it not just survive, but thrive. Every $625 saves a single crop variety. Please join GoPro in supporting Crop Trust’s Seed Vault to safeguard crop diversity, forever.
Want to get involved? Visit www.croptrust.org
Director(s): Daniel Sherer
Producer(s): Alex Hogue, Mario Callejas, Brad Schmidt, Taylor Turner