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MIPTV Picks: Seed Warriors

Seed Warriors provides a fascinating glimpse at the science and the social importance behind an amazing exercise in biodiversity preservation.
March 31, 2010


In the Norwegian region of Svalbard, deep inside a sandstone mountain near the town of Longyearbyen, there is an underground facility that was created to help preserve life as we know it. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, or ‘Doomsday Vault,’ opened officially in February, 2008 and has the capacity to store up to 4.5 million of the world’s seeds, with some seeds having the capacity to be stored in the area’s permafrost environment for thousands of years. But if, as predicted, global temperatures rise by two degrees by 2050, there may be as much as a 30% reduction in food crops, while the demand for food might be twice as much as today’s. Seed Warriors provides a fascinating glimpse at the science and the social importance behind this amazing exercise in biodiversity preservation.

Partners: iCan Films GmbH for ZDF/ARTE, SF (Swiss Television), SRG SSR Idee Suisse; distributed by Looking Glass International, worldwide

Length: 1 x 60 minutes and 1 x 90 minutes, HD

Rights available: Worldwide

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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