|Doomsday seed vault
||[Feb. 26th, 2008|02:55 pm]
What a wonderful scifi concept? For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, Norway has opened the "Doomsday seed vault" today. This is a store of the world's agricultural seeds, not to be confused with wild plant life, and it is being set aside against catastrophe. Meaning, boom or cough-cough or man it's getting hot in here, it sure would be nice if we had some food right about now kind of catastrophe. It is even in one of the most remote places on earth. Which means, whoever is still standing when the need arises, they must walk as far north as a few degrees south of the North Pole, swim across the artic sea to get to the island where the vault is kept, get the life saving seeds, carry them back south to warmer climes, plant them, and then wait for fall to eat. It's a good thing only the strongest survive. Maybe they will have some "lunchables" on hand for the poor souls on the walkabout.
Don't get me wrong, I think this is probably one of the smartest things man has done to ensure our survival. Other smart things on the "before we all die to do list" are, in my opinion: mandatory population control, elimination of all greenhouse gas emitting vehicles and power plants, international laws controlling the growth and production of chicken and pigs and fish (note: this should not be done together in the same building where the different species may share their diseases like it is being done today in most countries.), and, since I am a scifi/fantasy geek, terraform a nearby plant such as Mars or Venus and move at least a couple of us over there. Feel free to add to my list or reject it or just laugh about it.
If nothing else, the Doomsday Vault will give settling aliens something to plant when they finally get here. Hopefully, there will be some drinkable water for them. What kind of hosts would we be if we didn't even leave something for them to drink? We should add a keg of Guinness to the Vault.