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Chances are, if you’re reading this, the world as we know it has not ended. But, just in case it does, we now have some of the world’s most prized chili peppers preserved in a doomsday-proof underground bunker. I mean, the first thing that comes to mind when I think “major global disaster” is “Where is the Cholula?”

Well, never fear. In a weather-proof compound on the small island of Svalbard, far north of the Norwegian coast, frozen seeds of selected chilies will accompany other seeds collected from around the world. These safeguarded seeds are considered a “deposit box” of sorts, to restart our crop systems should the world undergo major changes that wipe out our food supply. Read the full article here.

Climate change appears to be the main impetus for the seed salvaging project. With an unpredictable climate and the likelihood of increased incidence rates of severe storms and other major weather events, not to mention sea level rise that will threaten much of the world’s coastal areas and crop-covered flood plains, maybe it’s not such a bad idea to have a bit of a savings account in the food bank. Click here for more.

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