03.25.08

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A coworker alerted me to this disturbingly terrifying project today. I have to say it kind of sent me reeling a little bit especially when considering a group of people with the level of intelligence it would take to complete a project like this would get together to actually follow through with it. It sometimes sounds like our civilization and planet are in a lot more peril than most of us would like to consider. Whether or not any of this is right or we are totally nuts remains to be seen.

Apparently several of the seeds on our planet have been going extinct even faster than the fish and animal populations. According to Dr. Cary Fowler, Executive Director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, “Every day that passes we lose crop biodiversity. We must conserve the seeds that will allow agriculture to adapt to challenges such as climate change and crop disease.”

In order to combat this problem they have constructed the Svalbard International Seed Vault that will be carved deep into the frozen rock of an island not far from the North Pole. According to the architects the “fail-safe” seed vault will “gleam like a gem in the midnight sun,” signaling the priceless treasure within: seed samples of nearly every food crop of every country.

My question is what do they know that they aren’t telling the rest of us? If they really think it is worth the resources it would take to carve a gigantic vault into one of the most inhospitable regions of the entire planet, what is signaling the disaster that would provide just cause for such an insane project. I try to take the optimistic side when it comes to conspiracy theories but this definitely caught my attention. It’s just too bad our government could care less.

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4 Responses to “Doomsday Seed Vault”

  1. Adam Says:

    I saw this on 60 Minutes. Crazy stuff! Super smart, just crazy that there’s something like this. Check out the video if you haven’t seen it yet.

    http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/60minutes/main3415.shtml

  2. Greg Formager Says:

    The reason this is necessary is that Monsanto bought the rights to various plant species (in the form of seeds) from the US Government’s archives several years back in order to monopolize the market. I assume they have these seeds tucked away in their corporate vaults so no one can get to them, at least in the USA. So, besides the fucked up GMO aspect of Monsanto’s actions, there are now very few types of crops being grown. So if a blight hits the type of corn that is being grown – no more corn. Fuck knows how we’d eat. I am really glad someone is doing something about this.

    A good documentary on this is The Future of Food:
    http://www.thefutureoffood.com/

    An excerpt from this website http://www.monde-solidaire.org/spip/article.php3?id_article=3447
    “The law was changed still further to, wait for this, allow the corporations to patent seed varieties that they have not genetically engineered. The only criteria were that no-one else had got there first ! This led to the corporations taking the seeds from the seed banks designed to protect genetic diversity and going to the patent office to register ownership. It is reckoned that Monsanto alone owns more than 11,000 seeds.”

  3. Mark Says:

    Does anyone really believe the general populace will reap the benefits of this project? Hell no I say, it will be the politicians and the billionaires who have the supplies to go to the North Pole and make it back to a location where the seeds can be planted.

  4. Greg Formager Says:

    @ Mark:

    Hmmm, true. It’s no worse than things are already though.

    And to further comment on the post itself – I believe the reason that the US government doesn’t care about the issue is that it is a large part of the problem:

    http://www.redicecreations.com/specialreports/monsanto.html

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