Current box office smash Interstellar portrays a future Earth as a barren dust-bowl rendered incapable of growing the crops humans need to survive. The film probably didn’t take into account the existence of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, which houses the seeds of every plant essential to human survival.
That also includes a whole bunch of weed.
According to Marijuana.com, Svalbard’s database includes 21,500 cannabis seeds in its vault. That equals more weed than there are asparagus, blueberry, or raspberry seeds also held at the facility. There also happens to be more marijuana genetics inside the vault than there are for pear, cranberry, and artichoke combined.
The facility also seems to favor seeds of the smoking variety. Of its 39 variations of cannabis seeds, only eight of the deposits are classified in the database as “hemp,” as opposed to the other 31 listed as “marijuana.”
Even the vault’s location is doomsday-proof. Built on a Norwegian island just 800 miles from the North Pole, the seeds will stay cold if the power fails, and the bunker is unlikely to be affected by an earthquake or volcano due to lack of tectonic activity. Svalbard is also built 430 feet above sea level, assuring that the seeds keep dry even if global climate change causes the ice caps to melt completely.
Whether it be from a world-wide dust-bowl, asteroids or zombies, it’s good to know that we’ll be getting nicely toasted in the apocalypse.