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