What do you know about food security? Same here. Located in the permafrost of a remote Norwegian island, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault provides secure storage for a quarter billion seeds (source: Croptrust.org) from all over the world.

The awesome reality is that these grains of life could one day serve to revitalize plant life on Earth or kickstart it on a habitable celestial body. While the prospect of terraforming natural satellites like Europa and Enceladus is alluring, astrobiology isn’t nearly as immediately heart-warming as the fact that this Arctic freezer is bringing together diverse crops from over 100 countries, many of which wouldn’t otherwise see eye to eye on anything.

According to Wikipedia: “The Seed Vault’s mission is to provide a backup against accidental loss of diversity in traditional genebanks. While the popular press has emphasized its possible utility in the event of a major regional or global catastrophe, the Seed Vault will be more frequently accessed when genebanks lose samples due to mismanagement, accident, equipment failures, funding cuts, and natural disasters. These events occur with some regularity. War and civil strife have a history of destroying some genebanks.”

The vault’s collection includes the seeds of Irish potatoes, US chili peppers, ancient amaranth and just about everything you can think of. For striving to ensure the conservation and availability of crop diversity for food security worldwide, a great many parties can be recognized for their efforts (The Gates Foundation, the Norwegian government, and others), but the initial vision belonged to one man: Cary Fowler. You can view the TED video here.


Here’s a remarkable story by Thomas Heatherwick on a fascinating design for a seed cathedral. The great designer tells a compelling story about big ideas, compelling, engaging, emotional creations.

Claudiu Popa – CEO, Informatica Group

Claudiu Popa is a public speaker, cybersecurity expert, and passionate defender of privacy rights who engages audiences through storytelling and weaponizes academic courses, radio, television, podcasts, social media, and the written word to fight for the vulnerable in society and catalyze positive social change in Canada.

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