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Where the World’s Seeds Go

Where the World’s Seeds Go on hosa.com

There’s a time and place for everything, but plants persist

Global warming, natural disasters, war, space. The list is endless of what threatens the volatility of life on planet Earth. But if you think this is all doom and gloom, you’d be happy to know there are processes in place to preserve the life that we’ve come to know and love. We have bunkers for humans, but what about plants and animals?

Svalbard Global Seed Vault

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault isn’t anything you can reach by foot. It rests, wedged in a mountain, at the exact halfway point between Norway and the North Pole. It has a singular job: to protect seeds of plant life around the entire world.

The vault arose from the need to preserve the diversity of plants we currently have. The plants we see around us aren’t the same plants that have always populated the planet. Our current plants, like the rose lily, are products of careful breeding and selection until desirable traits win out and we’re left with a better, stronger plant than we had before. But now that we’ve created several different varieties that nurture, nourish, and sustain us, what would we do if they all went away?

Extinction happens. It’s a fact of how the world works. Extinction isn’t restricted to animals. Plants can go extinct as well. The seed vault was created to combat that inevitability.

The seed vault has another purpose outside of global catastrophe – to keep food prices low enough that they’re affordable. As we know, plants have really good years and really bad years. The seed vault is in place to help whenever there’s a shortage of seeds from one year to the next, which protects our wallets and budgets.

Is the seed vault truly impenetrable?

It’s great to think of this monolith in the frozen tundra that preserves our seeds and will allow us to renew struggling plant life, but are those seeds really safe? Yes, and no. When the vault was built, it took into account many kinds of disasters to protect the seeds. Many disasters except the one we’re seeing now: global warming.

In 2017, the seed vault was infiltrated by water as global temperatures reached an all-time high and permafrost began to thaw. Luckily the seeds remained safe, but if global warming wasn’t considered during the development, what else could pose a risk to the vault?

Seeds mean life

Beyond providing oxygen for our rising global population, plants are essential for food and water. Roots help clean water as it trickles down to aquifers, and the variety of seeds we have available to us gives us an array of vitamins and nutrients to sustain the healthy, active lives we love.

So, what can we do to help keep plants from going extinct? We can plant them! We can encourage all our customers to start gardens of their own, and we can educate them about growing, propagating, and nurturing their much-loved flowers. We can enjoy and cultivate the plants we love today, knowing that our care will help carry them into the future.

To learn more about HOSA International, all our flowers, what we can do for you, or to place a wholesale order, call us at 305.470.9991 or complete our online form.

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