Save Russia’s Fruit Seed Bank


Seed banks are facilities that collect and preserve seeds to ensure the future of our food security. Right now, a major Russian seed bank is in danger of being shut down to bring in commercial development.

In the case of an extreme disaster like nuclear war, seed banks would provide a means to replant and regrow our food supply. This potential seed bank closure is especially worrisome on the heels of Putin suspending Russian wheat exports because of drought conditions.

Marion Nestle shared a press release from the Global Crop Diversity Trust about the threat to Pavlovsk Station. Here’s an excerpt:

At issue is an effort by residential real estate developers to build houses on land occupied by Pavlovsk Station. The take-over would involve bulldozing Pavlovsk’s field collections amassed over the last century—collections that contain thousands of varieties of apples, strawberries, cherries, raspberries, currants and other crops—90 percent of which are not found anywhere else in the world.

You can urge Russia’s President to save this critical seed bank over at Change.org.

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  1. Jeremy

    Just to be absolutely clear, Pavlovk's collection is of plants, not seeds. Most of the species and varieties there do not breed true from seed. That is why they have to be stored as living, growing plants. And that is what makes it so very difficult to contemplate moving the collection.

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