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One thing Microsoft founder Bill Gates can’t be accused of is sloth. He was already programming at 14, founded Microsoft at age 20 while still a student at Harvard. By 1995 he had been listed by Forbes as the world’s richest man from being the largest shareholder in his Microsoft, a company which his relentless drive built into a de facto monopoly in software systems for personal computers.

In 2006 when most people in such a situation might think of retiring to a quiet Pacific island, Bill Gates decided to devote his energies to his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the world’s largest ‘transparent’ private foundation as it says, with a whopping $34.6 billion endowment and a legal necessity to spend $1.5 billion a year on charitable projects around the world to maintain its tax free charitable status. A gift from friend and business associate, mega-investor Warren Buffett in 2006, of some $30 billion worth of shares in Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway put the Gates’ foundation into the league where it spends almost the amount of the entire annual budget of the United Nations’ World Health Organization.

So when Bill Gates decides through the Gates Foundation to invest some $30 million of their hard earned money in a project, it is worth looking at.

No project is more interesting at the moment than a curious project in one of the world’s most remote spots, Svalbard. Bill Gates is investing millions in a seed bank on the Barents Sea near the Arctic Ocean, some 1,100 kilometers from the North Pole. Svalbard is a barren piece of rock claimed by Norway and ceded in 1925 by international treaty (see map).

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Re: "Doomsday Seed Vault" in the Arctic
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2007, 07:01:31 AM »



The seed bank is being built inside a mountain on Spitsbergen Island near the small village of Longyearbyen. It’s almost ready for ‘business’ according to their releases. The bank will have dual blast-proof doors with motion sensors, two airlocks, and walls of steel-reinforced concrete one meter thick. It will contain up to three million different varieties of seeds from the entire world, ‘so that crop diversity can be conserved for the future,’ according to the Norwegian government. Seeds will be specially wrapped to exclude moisture. There will be no full-time staff, but the vault's relative inaccessibility will facilitate monitoring any possible human activity.

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Re: "Doomsday Seed Vault" in the Arctic
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2007, 08:06:19 AM »
I can't remember where else I saw this. Its quite an interesting and good idea with the spread of GMO and high rate of deforestation. However, with Bill Gates financing it I'm not so sure the right people will ever have access to it.
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Re: "Doomsday Seed Vault" in the Arctic
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2007, 08:58:17 AM »


The seed bank is being built inside a mountain on Spitsbergen Island near the small village of Longyearbyen. It’s almost ready for ‘business’ according to their releases. The bank will have dual blast-proof doors with motion sensors, two airlocks, and walls of steel-reinforced concrete one meter thick. It will contain up to three million different varieties of seeds from the entire world, ‘so that crop diversity can be conserved for the future,’ according to the Norwegian government. Seeds will be specially wrapped to exclude moisture. There will be no full-time staff, but the vault's relative inaccessibility will facilitate monitoring any possible human activity.

(from the article above)

oh man, I love how they have a limitless budget for shit like this, but when it comes to giving some bread to a family in New Orleans, "sorry, we do not have the funding."
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Re: "Doomsday Seed Vault" in the Arctic
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2007, 09:28:06 AM »
oh man, I love how they have a limitless budget for shit like this, but when it comes to giving some bread to a family in New Orleans, "sorry, we do not have the funding."

I agree with you there but it still is a very important idea behind this. Monocultures of plants made things like the Irish potato famine possible which is why we're moving towards agricultural monocultures. Something ridiculous like 97% of the varieties of veggies grown in 1900 for food are now extinct. In addition to these monocultures we now have GMO food which not only secretes poison but has very little nutritional value compared.

Anyway, its important but its not like us commoners are going to have access. Only companies like Monsanto.
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Re: "Doomsday Seed Vault" in the Arctic
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2007, 10:11:23 AM »
And monsanto's goal is to modiefy and patent every strain on the planet.... Hmm who do you think will have the organic originals available to them???

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Re: "Doomsday Seed Vault" in the Arctic
« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2007, 10:28:37 AM »
Actually bill gates is a manager and doesnt do programing. Though I cant seem to ever get people to believe that.

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Re: "Doomsday Seed Vault" in the Arctic
« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2007, 03:01:55 PM »
A 'Doomsday Seed vault' eh?!!!  Hhhmmmm !!! When is doomsday expected to arrive? Could it be 2012 after all? Do the Elite have the info of the ancients.......maybe in the Vatican vaults? or is this doomsday seed vault being created to safeguard natural seeds and keep them from us,while we're fed GM crap thus eventually ensuring the vast majority of the worlds population are undernourished and live short miserable lives?!!!

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Re: "Doomsday Seed Vault" in the Arctic
« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2007, 03:54:45 PM »
If they are worried about a so-called "doomsday", they must know they will have to store more than just the seeds.  In practical terms, pollinators, in the form of insects/bees will be required for many plant species. 
Or will pollinating plants be one of the jobs for the insect robots they are creating at present?

In light of how egocentric and self-serving the elite evidently are, if they are storing seeds like this, one can safely assume that they have already contructed elaborate underground caverns for themselves too, as Dr Bill Deagle says.
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Re: "Doomsday Seed Vault" in the Arctic
« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2007, 05:33:24 PM »
This is the most disturbing article I've read in a very long time.
It might sounds like a noble idea if it wasn't set up by these organizations that we know are evil. The foundations that are supporting this plan have been known to engage in depopulation and Syngeta and Monsatan are two of the biggest companies creating GMO. Some of their products have included food crops that have been engineered to be infertile, that way farmers in the 3rd world become dependant on these few big companies to deliver them new seeds so they can grow food. If they can succeed in getting control over our food sources they could just stop the supply and create enormous famines if they wanted. While they're destroying our food sources with their GMO crap these mass murder organisations have the original plants hidden safe under ground in the Arctic circle. If rice for example where to go extinct by a virus these big companies engineered by accident or by design, after millions of people have died, we'd be dependant on people like Bill Gates and the Rockefellers to deliver us rice plants again.

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Re: "Doomsday Seed Vault" in the Arctic-Bill Gates, Rockefeller and the GMO
« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2007, 05:47:44 PM »
After reading this eye opener, I thought it deserved a full post.  Thanks for submitting it.

"Doomsday Seed Vault" in the Arctic - Bill Gates, Rockefeller and the GMO giants know something we don’t
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=7529
by F. William Engdahl Global Research, December 4, 2007


One thing Microsoft founder Bill Gates can’t be accused of is sloth. He was already programming at 14, founded Microsoft at age 20 while still a student at Harvard. By 1995 he had been listed by Forbes as the world’s richest man from being the largest shareholder in his Microsoft, a company which his relentless drive built into a de facto monopoly in software systems for personal computers. In 2006 when most people in such a situation might think of retiring to a quiet Pacific island, Bill Gates decided to devote his energies to his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the world’s largest ‘transparent’ private foundation as it says, with a whopping $34.6 billion endowment and a legal necessity to spend $1.5 billion a year on charitable projects around the world to maintain its tax free charitable status. A gift from friend and business associate, mega-investor Warren Buffett in 2006, of some $30 billion worth of shares in Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway put the Gates’ foundation into the league where it spends almost the amount of the entire annual budget of the United Nations’ World Health Organization. So when Bill Gates decides through the Gates Foundation to invest some $30 million of their hard earned money in a project, it is worth looking at. No project is more interesting at the moment than a curious project in one of the world’s most remote spots, Svalbard. Bill Gates is investing millions in a seed bank on the Barents Sea near the Arctic Ocean, some 1,100 kilometers from the North Pole. Svalbard is a barren piece of rock claimed by Norway and ceded in 1925 by international treaty (see map).



On this God-forsaken island Bill Gates is investing tens of his millions along with the Rockefeller Foundation, Monsanto Corporation, Syngenta Foundation and the Government of Norway, among others, in what is called the ‘doomsday seed bank.’ Officially the project is named the Svalbard Global Seed Vault on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, part of the Svalbard island group. The seed bank is being built inside a mountain on Spitsbergen Island near the small village of Longyearbyen. It’s almost ready for ‘business’ according to their releases. The bank will have dual blast-proof doors with motion sensors, two airlocks, and walls of steel-reinforced concrete one meter thick. It will contain up to three million different varieties of seeds from the entire world, ‘so that crop diversity can be conserved for the future,’ according to the Norwegian government. Seeds will be specially wrapped to exclude moisture. There will be no full-time staff, but the vault's relative inaccessibility will facilitate monitoring any possible human activity. Did we miss something here? Their press release stated, ‘so that crop diversity can be conserved for the future.’ What future do the seed bank’s sponsors foresee, that would threaten the global availability of current seeds, almost all of which are already well protected in designated seed banks around the world? Anytime Bill Gates, the Rockefeller Foundation, Monsanto and Syngenta get together on a common project, it’s worth digging a bit deeper behind the rocks on Spitsbergen. When we do we find some fascinating things. The first notable point is who is sponsoring the doomsday seed vault. Here joining the Norwegians are, as noted, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; the US agribusiness giant DuPont/Pioneer Hi-Bred, one of the world’s largest owners of patented genetically-modified (GMO) plant seeds and related agrichemicals; Syngenta, the Swiss-based major GMO seed and agrichemicals company through its Syngenta Foundation; the Rockefeller Foundation, the private group who created the “gene revolution with over $100 million of seed money since the 1970’s; CGIAR, the global network created by the Rockefeller Foundation to promote its ideal of genetic purity through agriculture change.

CGIAR and ‘The Project’
As I detailled in the book, Seeds of Destruction1, in 1960 the Rockefeller Foundation, John D. Rockefeller III’s Agriculture Development Council and the Ford Foundation joined forces to create the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Baños, the Philippines. By 1971, the Rockefeller Foundation’s IRRI, along with their Mexico-based International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center and two other Rockefeller and Ford Foundation-created international research centers, the IITA for tropical agriculture, Nigeria, and IRRI for rice, Philippines, combined to form a global Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research (CGIAR).  CGIAR was shaped at a series of private conferences held at the Rockefeller Foundation’s conference center in Bellagio, Italy. Key participants at the Bellagio talks were the Rockefeller Foundation’s George Harrar, Ford Foundation’s Forrest Hill, Robert McNamara of the World Bank and Maurice Strong, the Rockefeller family’s international environmental organizer, who, as a Rockefeller Foundation Trustee, organized the UN Earth Summit in Stockholm in 1972. It was part of the foundation’s decades long focus to turn science to the service of eugenics, a hideous version of racial purity, what has been called The Project. To ensure maximum impact, CGIAR drew in the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, the UN Development Program and the World Bank. Thus, through a carefully-planned leverage of its initial funds, the Rockefeller Foundation by the beginning of the 1970’s was in a position to shape global agriculture policy. And shape it did.  Financed by generous Rockefeller and Ford Foundation study grants, CGIAR saw to it that leading Third World agriculture scientists and agronomists were brought to the US to ‘master’ the concepts of modern agribusiness production, in order to carry it back to their homeland. In the process they created an invaluable network of influence for US agribusiness promotion in those countries, most especially promotion of the GMO ‘Gene Revolution’ in developing countries, all in the name of science and efficient, free market agriculture.

Genetically engineering a master race?
Now the Svalbard Seed Bank begins to become interesting. But it gets better. ‘The Project’ I referred to is the project of the Rockefeller Foundation and powerful financial interests since the 1920’s to use eugenics, later renamed genetics, to justify creation of a genetically-engineered Master Race. Hitler and the Nazis called it the Ayran Master Race.  The eugenics of Hitler were financed to a major extent by the same Rockefeller Foundation which today is building a doomsday seed vault to preserve samples of every seed on our planet. Now this is getting really intriguing. The same Rockefeller Foundation created the pseudo-science discipline of molecular biology in their relentless pursuit of reducing human life down to the ‘defining gene sequence’ which, they hoped, could then be modified in order to change human traits at will. Hitler’s eugenics scientists, many of whom were quietly brought to the United States after the War to continue their biological eugenics research, laid much of the groundwork of genetic engineering of various life forms, much of it supported openly until well into the Third Reich by Rockefeller Foundation generous grants.2  The same Rockefeller Foundation created the so-called Green Revolution, out of a trip to Mexico in 1946 by Nelson Rockefeller and former New Deal Secretary of Agriculture and founder of the Pioneer Hi-Bred Seed Company, Henry Wallace.  The Green Revolution purported to solve the world hunger problem to a major degree in Mexico, India and other select countries where Rockefeller worked. Rockefeller Foundation agronomist, Norman Borlaug, won a Nobel Peace Prize for his work, hardly something to boast about with the likes of Henry Kissinger sharing the same. In reality, as it years later emerged, the Green Revolution was a brilliant Rockefeller family scheme to develop a globalized agribusiness which they then could monopolize just as they had done in the world oil industry beginning a half century before. As Henry Kissinger declared in the 1970’s, ‘If you control the oil you control the country; if you control food, you control the population.’  Agribusiness and the Rockefeller Green Revolution went hand-in-hand. They were part of a grand strategy which included Rockefeller Foundation financing of research for the development of genetic engineering of plants and animals a few years later. John H. Davis had been Assistant Agriculture Secretary under President Dwight Eisenhower in the early 1950’s. He left Washington in 1955 and went to the Harvard Graduate School of Business, an unusual place for an agriculture expert in those days. He had a clear strategy. In 1956, Davis wrote an article in the Harvard Business Review in which he declared that “the only way to solve the so-called farm problem once and for all, and avoid cumbersome government programs, is to progress from agriculture to agribusiness.” He knew precisely what he had in mind, though few others had a clue back then--- a revolution in agriculture production that would concentrate control of the food chain in corporate multinational hands, away from the traditional family farmer. 3

A crucial aspect driving the interest of the Rockefeller Foundation and US agribusiness companies was the fact that the Green Revolution was based on proliferation of new hybrid seeds in developing markets. One vital aspect of hybrid seeds was their lack of reproductive capacity. Hybrids had a built in protection against multiplication. Unlike normal open pollinated species whose seed gave yields similar to its parents, the yield of the seed borne by hybrid plants was significantly lower than that of the first generation. That declining yield characteristic of hybrids meant farmers must normally buy seed every year in order to obtain high yields. Moreover, the lower yield of the second generation eliminated the trade in seed that was often done by seed producers without the breeder’s authorization. It prevented the redistribution of the commercial crop seed by middlemen. If the large multinational seed companies were able to control the parental seed lines in house, no competitor or farmer would be able to produce the hybrid. The global concentration of hybrid seed patents into a handful of giant seed companies, led by DuPont’s Pioneer Hi-Bred and Monsanto’s Dekalb laid the ground for the later GMO seed revolution. 4  In effect, the introduction of modern American agricultural technology, chemical fertilizers and commercial hybrid seeds all made local farmers in developing countries, particularly the larger more established ones, dependent on foreign, mostly US agribusiness and petro-chemical company inputs. It was a first step in what was to be a decades-long, carefully planned process.  Under the Green Revolution Agribusiness was making major inroads into markets which were previously of limited access to US exporters. The trend was later dubbed “market-oriented agriculture.” In reality it was agribusiness-controlled agriculture.  Through the Green Revolution, the Rockefeller Foundation and later Ford Foundation worked hand-in-hand shaping and supporting the foreign policy goals of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and of the CIA. One major effect of the Green Revolution was to depopulate the countryside of peasants who were forced to flee into shantytown slums around the cities in desperate search for work. That was no accident; it was part of the plan to create cheap labor pools for forthcoming US multinational manufactures, the ‘globalization’ of recent years. When the self-promotion around the Green Revolution died down, the results were quite different from what had been promised. Problems had arisen from indiscriminate use of the new chemical pesticides, often with serious health consequences. The mono-culture cultivation of new hybrid seed varieties decreased soil fertility and yields over time. The first results were impressive: double or even triple yields for some crops such as wheat and later corn in Mexico. That soon faded.  The Green Revolution was typically accompanied by large irrigation projects which often included World Bank loans to construct huge new dams, and flood previously settled areas and fertile farmland in the process. Also, super-wheat produced greater yields by saturating the soil with huge amounts of fertilizer per acre, the fertilizer being the product of nitrates and petroleum, commodities controlled by the Rockefeller-dominated Seven Sisters major oil companies. Huge quantities of herbicides and pesticides were also used, creating additional markets for the oil and chemical giants. As one analyst put it, in effect, the Green Revolution was merely a chemical revolution. At no point could developing nations pay for the huge amounts of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. They would get the credit courtesy of the World Bank and special loans by Chase Bank and other large New York banks, backed by US Government guarantees. Applied in a large number of developing countries, those loans went mostly to the large landowners. For the smaller peasants the situation worked differently. Small peasant farmers could not afford the chemical and other modern inputs and had to borrow money. Initially various government programs tried to provide some loans to farmers so that they could purchase seeds and fertilizers. Farmers who could not participate in this kind of program had to borrow from the private sector. Because of the exorbitant interest rates for informal loans, many small farmers did not even get the benefits of the initial higher yields. After harvest, they had to sell most if not all of their produce to pay off loans and interest. They became dependent on money-lenders and traders and often lost their land. Even with soft loans from government agencies, growing subsistence crops gave way to the production of cash crops.5 Since decades the same interests including the Rockefeller Foundation which backed the initial Green Revolution, have worked to promote a second ‘Gene Revolution’ as Rockefeller Foundation President Gordon Conway termed it several years ago, the spread of industrial agriculture and commercial inputs including GMO patented seeds.

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« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2007, 05:48:29 PM »
Gates, Rockefeller and a Green Revolution in Africa
With the true background of the 1950’s Rockefeller Foundation Green Revolution clear in mind, it becomes especially curious that the same Rockefeller Foundation along with the Gates Foundation which are now investing millions of dollars in preserving every seed against a possible “doomsday” scenario are also investing millions in a project called The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa.  AGRA, as it calls itself, is an alliance again with the same Rockefeller Foundation which created the “Gene Revolution.” A look at the AGRA Board of Directors confirms this.  It includes none other than former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan as chairman. In his acceptance speech in a World Economic Forum event in Cape Town South Africa in June 2007, Kofi Annan stated, ‘I accept this challenge with gratitude to the Rockefeller Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and all others who support our African campaign.’ In addition the AGRA board numbers a South African, Strive Masiyiwa who is a Trustee of the Rockefeller Foundation. It includes Sylvia M. Mathews of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Mamphela Ramphele, former Managing Director of the World Bank (2000 – 2006); Rajiv J. Shah of the Gates Foundation; Nadya K. Shmavonian of the Rockefeller Foundation; Roy Steiner of the Gates Foundation. In addition, an Alliance for AGRA includes Gary Toenniessen the Managing Director of the Rockefeller Foundation and Akinwumi Adesina, Associate Director, Rockefeller Foundation. To fill out the lineup, the Programmes for AGRA includes Peter Matlon, Managing Director, Rockefeller Foundation; Joseph De Vries, Director of the Programme for Africa’s Seed Systems and Associate Director, Rockefeller foundation; Akinwumi Adesina, Associate Director, Rockefeller Foundation. Like the old failed Green Revolution in India and Mexico, the new Africa Green Revolution is clearly a high priority of the Rockefeller Foundation.  While to date they are keeping a low profile, Monsanto and the major GMO agribusiness giants are believed at the heart of using Kofi Annan’s AGRA to spread their patented GMO seeds across Africa under the deceptive label, ‘bio-technology,’ the new euphemism for genetically engineered patented seeds. To date South Africa is the only African country permitting legal planting of GMO crops. In 2003 Burkina Faso authorized GMO trials. In 2005 Kofi Annan’s Ghana drafted bio-safety legislation and key officials expressed their intentions to pursue research into GMO crops.  Africa is the next target in the US-government campaign to spread GMO worldwide. Its rich soils make it an ideal candidate. Not surprisingly many African governments suspect the worst from the GMO sponsors as a multitude of genetic engineering and biosafety projects have been initiated in Africa, with the aim of introducing GMOs into Africa’s agricultural systems. These include sponsorships offered by the US government to train African scientists in genetic engineering in the US, biosafety projects funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the World Bank; GMO research involving African indigenous food crops. The Rockefeller Foundation has been working for years to promote, largely without success, projects to introduce GMOs into the fields of Africa. They have backed research that supports the applicability of GMO cotton in the Makhathini Flats in South Africa.  Monsanto, who has a strong foothold in South Africa’s seed industry, both GMO and hybrid, has conceived of an ingenious smallholders’ programme known as the ‘Seeds of Hope’ Campaign, which is introducing a green revolution package to small scale poor farmers, followed, of course, by Monsanto’s patented GMO seeds. 6  Syngenta AG of Switzerland, one of the ‘Four Horsemen of the GMO Apocalypse’ is pouring millions of dollars into a new greenhouse facility in Nairobi, to develop GMO insect resistant maize. Syngenta is a part of CGIAR as well.7

Move on to Svalbard
Now is it simply philosophical sloppiness? What leads the Gates and Rockefeller foundations to at one and the same time to back proliferation of patented and soon-to-be Terminator patented seeds across Africa, a process which, as it has in every other place on earth, destroys the plant seed varieties as monoculture industrialized agribusiness is introduced? At the same time they invest tens of millions of dollars to preserve every seed variety known in a bomb-proof doomsday vault near the remote Arctic Circle ‘so that crop diversity can be conserved for the future’ to restate their official release? It is no accident that the Rockefeller and Gates foundations are teaming up to push a GMO-style Green Revolution in Africa at the same time they are quietly financing the ‘doomsday seed vault’ on Svalbard. The GMO agribusiness giants are up to their ears in the Svalbard project. Indeed, the entire Svalbard enterprise and the people involved call up the worst catastrophe images of the Michael Crichton bestseller, Andromeda Strain, a sci-fi thriller where a deadly disease of extraterrestrial origin causes rapid, fatal clotting of the blood threatening the entire human species. In Svalbard, the future world’s most secure seed repository will be guarded by the policemen of the GMO Green Revolution--the Rockefeller and Gates Foundations, Syngenta, DuPont and CGIAR. The Svalbard project will be run by an organization called the Global Crop Diversity Trust (GCDT). Who are they to hold such an awesome trust over the planet’s entire seed varieties? The GCDT was founded by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and Bioversity International (formerly the International Plant Genetic Research Institute), an offshoot of the CGIAR. The Global Crop Diversity Trust is based in Rome. Its Board is chaired by Margaret Catley-Carlson a Canadian also on the advisory board of Group Suez Lyonnaise des Eaux, one of the world’s largest private water companies. Catley-Carlson was also president until 1998 of the New York-based Population Council, John D. Rockefeller’s population reduction organization, set up in 1952 to advance the Rockefeller family’s eugenics program under the cover of promoting “family planning,” birth control devices, sterilization and “population control” in developing countries. Other GCDT board members include former Bank of America executive presently head of the Hollywood DreamWorks Animation, Lewis Coleman. Coleman is also the lead Board Director of Northrup Grumman Corporation, one of America’s largest military industry Pentagon contractors. Jorio Dauster (Brazil) is also Board Chairman of Brasil Ecodiesel. He is a former Ambassador of Brazil to the European Union, and Chief Negotiator of Brazil’s foreign debt for the Ministry of Finance. Dauster has also served as President of the Brazilian Coffee Institute and as Coordinator of the Project for the Modernization of Brazil’s Patent System, which involves legalizing patents on seeds which are genetically modified, something until recently forbidden by Brazil’s laws.  Cary Fowler is the Trust’s Executive Director. Fowler was Professor and Director of Research in the Department for International Environment & Development Studies at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. He was also a Senior Advisor to the Director General of Bioversity International. There he represented the Future Harvest Centres of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) in negotiations on the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources. In the 1990s, he headed the International Program on Plant Genetic Resources at the FAO. He drafted and supervised negotiations of FAO’s Global Plan of Action for Plant Genetic Resources, adopted by 150 countries in 1996. He is a past-member of the National Plant Genetic Resources Board of the US and the Board of Trustees of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico, another Rockefeller Foundation and CGIAR project. GCDT board member Dr. Mangala Rai of India is the Secretary of India’s Department of Agricultural Research and Education (DARE), and Director General of the Indian Council for Agricultural Research (ICAR). He is also a Board Member of the Rockefeller Foundation’s International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), which promoted the world’s first major GMO experiment, the much-hyped ‘Golden Rice’ which proved a failure. Rai has served as Board Member for CIMMYT (International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center), and a Member of the Executive Council of the CGIAR. Global Crop Diversity Trust Donors or financial angels include as well, in the words of the Humphrey Bogart Casablanca classic, ‘all the usual suspects.’ As well as the Rockefeller and Gates Foundations, the Donors include GMO giants DuPont-Pioneer Hi-Bred, Syngenta of Basle Switzerland, CGIAR and the State Department’s energetically pro-GMO agency for development aid, USAID. Indeed it seems we have the GMO and population reduction foxes guarding the hen-house of mankind, the global seed diversity store in Svalbard. 8

Why now Svalbard?
We can legitimately ask why Bill Gates and the Rockefeller Foundation along with the major genetic engineering agribusiness giants such as DuPont and Syngenta, along with CGIAR are building the Doomsday Seed Vault in the Arctic.  Who uses such a seed bank in the first place? Plant breeders and researchers are the major users of gene banks. Today’s largest plant breeders are Monsanto, DuPont, Syngenta and Dow Chemical, the global plant-patenting GMO giants. Since early in 2007 Monsanto holds world patent rights together with the United States Government for plant so-called ‘Terminator’ or Genetic Use Restriction Technology (GURT). Terminator is an ominous technology by which a patented commercial seed commits ‘suicide’ after one harvest. Control by private seed companies is total. Such control and power over the food chain has never before in the history of mankind existed.  This clever genetically engineered terminator trait forces farmers to return every year to Monsanto or other GMO seed suppliers to get new seeds for rice, soybeans, corn, wheat whatever major crops they need to feed their population. If broadly introduced around the world, it could within perhaps a decade or so make the world’s majority of food producers new feudal serfs in bondage to three or four giant seed companies such as Monsanto or DuPont or Dow Chemical.  That, of course, could also open the door to have those private companies, perhaps under orders from their host government, Washington, deny seeds to one or another developing country whose politics happened to go against Washington’s. Those who say ‘It can’t happen here’ should look more closely at current global events. The mere existence of that concentration of power in three or four private US-based agribusiness giants is grounds for legally banning all GMO crops even were their harvest gains real, which they manifestly are not.  These private companies, Monsato, DuPont, Dow Chemical hardly have an unsullied record in terms of stewardship of human life. They developed and proliferated such innovations as dioxin, PCBs, Agent Orange. They covered up for decades clear evidence of carcinogenic and other severe human health consequences of use of the toxic chemicals. They have buried serious scientific reports that the world’s most widespread herbicide, glyphosate, the essential ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide that is tied to purchase of most Monsanto genetically engineered seeds, is toxic when it seeps into drinking water.9 Denmark banned glyphosate in 2003 when it confirmed it has contaminated the country’s groundwater.10  The diversity stored in seed gene banks is the raw material for plant breeding and for a great deal of basic biological research. Several hundred thousand samples are distributed annually for such purposes. The UN’s FAO lists some 1400 seed banks around the world, the largest being held by the United States Government. Other large banks are held by China, Russia, Japan, India, South Korea, Germany and Canada in descending order of size. In addition, CGIAR operates a chain of seed banks in select centers around the world.  CGIAR, set up in 1972 by the Rockefeller Foundation and Ford Foundation to spread their Green Revolution agribusiness model, controls most of the private seed banks from the Philippines to Syria to Kenya. In all these present seed banks hold more than six and a half million seed varieties, almost two million of which are ‘distinct.’ Svalbard’s Doomsday Vault will have a capacity to house four and a half million different seeds.

GMO as a weapon of biowarfare?
Now we come to the heart of the danger and the potential for misuse inherent in the Svalbard project of Bill Gates and the Rockefeller foundation. Can the development of patented seeds for most of the world’s major sustenance crops such as rice, corn, wheat, and feed grains such as soybeans ultimately be used in a horrible form of biological warfare?  The explicit aim of the eugenics lobby funded by wealthy elite families such as Rockefeller, Carnegie, Harriman and others since the 1920’s, has embodied what they termed ‘negative eugenics,’ the systematic killing off of undesired bloodlines. Margaret Sanger, a rapid eugenicist, the founder of Planned Parenthood International and an intimate of the Rockefeller family, created something called The Negro Project in 1939, based in Harlem, which as she confided in a letter to a friend, was all about the fact that, as she put it, ‘we want to exterminate the Negro population.’ 11  A small California biotech company, Epicyte, in 2001 announced the development of genetically engineered corn which contained a spermicide which made the semen of men who ate it sterile. At the time Epicyte had a joint venture agreement to spread its technology with DuPont and Syngenta, two of the sponsors of the Svalbard Doomsday Seed Vault. Epicyte was since acquired by a North Carolina biotech company. Astonishing to learn was that Epicyte had developed its spermicidal GMO corn with research funds from the US Department of Agriculture, the same USDA which, despite worldwide opposition, continued to finance the development of Terminator technology, now held by Monsanto. In the 1990’s the UN’s World Health Organization launched a campaign to vaccinate millions of women in Nicaragua, Mexico and the Philippines between the ages of 15 and 45, allegedly against Tentanus, a sickness arising from such things as stepping on a rusty nail. The vaccine was not given to men or boys, despite the fact they are presumably equally liable to step on rusty nails as women.  Because of that curious anomaly, Comite Pro Vida de Mexico, a Roman Catholic lay organization became suspicious and had vaccine samples tested. The tests revealed that the Tetanus vaccine being spread by the WHO only to women of child-bearing age contained human Chorionic Gonadotrophin or hCG, a natural hormone which when combined with a tetanus toxoid carrier stimulated antibodies rendering a woman incapable of maintaining a pregnancy. None of the women vaccinated were told.  It later came out that the Rockefeller Foundation along with the Rockefeller’s Population Council, the World Bank (home to CGIAR), and the United States’ National Institutes of Health had been involved in a 20-year-long project begun in 1972 to develop the concealed abortion vaccine with a tetanus carrier for WHO. In addition, the Government of Norway, the host to the Svalbard Doomsday Seed Vault, donated $41 million to develop the special abortive Tetanus vaccine. 12  Is it a coincidence that these same organizations, from Norway to the Rockefeller Foundation to the World Bank are also involved in the Svalbard seed bank project? According to Prof. Francis Boyle who drafted the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989 enacted by the US Congress, the Pentagon is ‘now gearing up to fight and win biological warfare’ as part of two Bush national strategy directives adopted, he notes, ‘without public knowledge and review’ in 2002. Boyle adds that in 2001-2004 alone the US Federal Government spent $14.5 billion for civilian bio-warfare-related work, a staggering sum. Rutgers University biologist Richard Ebright estimates that over 300 scientific institutions and some 12,000 individuals in the USA today have access to pathogens suitable for biowarfare. Alone there are 497 US Government NIH grants for research into infectious diseases with biowarfare potential. Of course this is being justified under the rubric of defending against possible terror attack as so much is today.  Many of the US Government dollars spent on biowarfare research involve genetic engineering. MIT biology professor Jonathan King says that the ‘growing bio-terror programs represent a significant emerging danger to our own population.’ King adds, ‘while such programs are always called defensive, with biological weapons, defensive and offensive programs overlap almost completely.’ 13  Time will tell whether, God Forbid, the Svalbard Doomsday Seed Bank of Bill Gates and the Rockefeller Foundation is part of another Final Solution, this involving the extinction of the Late, Great Planet Earth.

F. William Engdahl is the author of Seeds of Destruction, the Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation just released by Global Research. He also the author of A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order, Pluto Press Ltd.. To contact by e-mail: info@engdahl.oilgeopolitics.net.  William Engdahl is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG). His writings can
be consulted on www.engdahl.oilgeopolitics.net and on Global Research.

NOTES
1 F. William Engdahl, Seeds of Destruction, Montreal, (Global Research, 2007).
2 Ibid, pp.72-90.
3 John H. Davis, Harvard Business Review, 1956, cited in Geoffrey Lawrence, Agribusiness, Capitalism and the Countryside, Pluto Press, Sydney, 1987. See also Harvard Business School, The Evolution of an Industry and a Seminar: Agribusiness Seminar, http://www.exed.hbs.edu/programs/agb/seminar.html.
4 Engdahl, op cit., p. 130.
5 Ibid. P. 123-30.
6 Myriam Mayet, The New Green Revolution in Africa: Trojan Horse for GMOs?, May, 2007, African Centre for Biosafety, www.biosafetyafrica.net.
7 ETC Group, Green Revolution 2.0 for Africa?, Communique Issue #94, March/April 2007.
8 Global Crop Diversity Trust website, in http://www.croptrust.org/main/donors.php.
9 Engdahl, op. cit., pp.227-236.
10 Anders Legarth Smith, Denmark Bans Glyphosates, the Active Ingredient in Roundup, Politiken, September 15, 2003, in organic.com.au/news/2003.09.15.
11 Tanya L. Green, The Negro Project: Margaret Sanger’s Genocide Project for Black American’s, in www.blackgenocide.org/negro.html.
12 Engdahl, op. cit., pp. 273-275; J.A. Miller, Are New Vaccines Laced With Birth-Control Drugs?, HLI Reports, Human Life International, Gaithersburg, Maryland; June/July 1995, Volume 13, Number 8.
13 Sherwood Ross, Bush Developing Illegal Bioterror Weapons for Offensive Use,’ December 20, 2006, in www.truthout.org.
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The above article really hits home on what long term planners the elite are. I'm almost starting to take to Micheal Tsarion's less believable parts of the equation...
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Its only there cause of UN. We would never waste tax-money on it unless some dickhead bureaucracy dictated it. We shouldnt have it, as a pressuretool for all the shitheads with nuclear missiles. "fire your weapons, kill the planet", not "fire your weapons, a second start is awaiting." its friggin bs.

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Svalbard - a 'natural lab' on the roof of the world
http://cordis.europa.eu/fetch?CALLER=EN_NEWS&ACTION=D&SESSION=&RCN=28765
[Date: 2007-11-29]


Lying midway between the top of Europe and the North Pole, the Svalbard archipelago has something to offer scientists from a range of disciplines, from climate researchers and glaciologists to those interested in biodiversity, ocean currents and the Earth's magnetic field. 'Svalbard has in fact been an important arena for polar research for more than two centuries, but recent developments have made this research platform in the Arctic more relevant to international research efforts than ever before,' said State Secretary Jens Revold of the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research at an event organised by the Norwegian Mission to the EU to promote Svalbard as a research location. Obviously one of the most important areas of study on Svalbard is climate change; the IPCC has identified the Arctic as being particularly vulnerable to climate change, and the effects of global warming are already visible there. Temperatures are on the up, and the Ice Fjord has been ice free for the last two years. Many researchers are busy studying these changes and their impacts on the local wildlife.

Pollution is another problem on the islands, as winds blow pollutants up to the Arctic from lower latitudes; on some days, the problem is so severe that the islands become enveloped in a murky haze. Around half of this pollution comes from Europe, and with this in mind Kim Holmén of the Norwegian Polar Institute stated that Europe has a special obligation to help improve understanding of the environment in the Arctic. Its position near the North Pole also makes Svalbard an ideal location for studying the Earth's magnetic field as well as solar phenomena such as the Aurora Borealis. A key selling point for the archipelago is its easy accessibility; no other area of the High Arctic is so easy to get to. There are four research bases scattered across the islands, from the Polish base at Hornsund in the south to the Norwegian base at Ny Ålesund in the north, which has the distinction of being the northernmost permanent settlement in the world. Between these lie the Norwegian research base at Longyearbyen, the capital, and the Russian base at Barentsburg.  The four research bases offer scientists access to high class research facilities as well as a range of modern amenities. The Norwegian government and its international partners have invested substantially in research infrastructure on the islands. This has led to the establishment of a flourishing international community of scientists on the islands.  Another major point in Svalbard's favour is its stunning scenery; more than one speaker at the event said they had 'lost their heart' to the islands.

Norway has long been an active participant in the EU's research framework programmes, and it is keen to highlight the fact that despite its remote location, Svalbard is a key part of the European Research Area. Many EU-funded projects are active in the region, and of the 166 projects endorsed by the International Polar Year, over 30 involve work in or around Svalbard. Now the Norwegian government is looking to cement Svalbard's reputation as an international research facility by submitting a proposal to ESFRI (the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures) to develop Svalbard as an international research platform.  The 'Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System' (SIAEOS) will help to ensure that all the research activities on Svalbard are well coordinated and organised, and that gaps and weaknesses are addressed. Coordinating the research on Svalbard and avoiding the duplication of studies is a tricky task. 'There are stories, though probably somewhat exaggerated, of local birds that have been ringmarked so many times that they look as if they came out of a jewellery shop,' remarked Mr Revold.  At the heart of the plan is a Knowledge Centre, based in Longyearbyen, where data from projects in the archipelago will be assessed and stored for use in modelling programmes and outreach work, for example. SIAEOS will coordinate its activities with other Earth observation systems and modelling efforts, and feed its results into a wider Arctic Observation Network.  'We believe that the research potential on Svalbard is still not fully exploited, and that this research potential would be of great interest to the European research community,' said Mr Revold. 'We think that Svalbard will form a valuable addition to the European infrastructure and a venue for excellent research of global importance.'

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Svalbard Science Forum: http://www.ssf.npolar.no
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International Polar Year: http://www.ipy.org/
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And this could be the staging ground for the reptilian hoax:

Remains of New Prehistoric Reptile Species Found
http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2007/12/prehistoric-rep.html
By Alexis Madrigal December 04, 2007 | 12:55:21 PMCategories: Paleontology   




Scientists in Norway have unearthed the remains of a prehistoric sea reptile previously unidentified by researchers.  University of Oslo researchers found new teeth, skull fragments, and vertebrae on the Svalbard islands, which have yielded dozens of sea reptile skeletons of the pliosaurus (pictured right). The new remains, however, appear to belong to a new species of prehistoric reptile. Or not. The AP story filed out of Oslo is unclear. Behold self-contradiction:
"It seems the monster is a new species," (Joern Harald Hurum of the University of Oslo) told The Associated Press. The reptile appears be the same species as another sea predator whose remains were found nearby on Svalbard last year.

If you can parse what the AP meant, you are a better grammarian than I. Is the monster a new species or is it the same species? Or is it that all the Svalbard fossils, which made waves last year, were not pliosaurus after all?  We'll be checking into this story and providing updates as the day goes on. What we do know is that increased research in more pristine environments, like the Arctic, have yielded remarkable new fossil discoveries, especially in sea reptile (aka plesiosaur) research. As Mark Evans, a plesiosaur expert at the Leicester City Museums in Britain, told the AP, "In the past 10 or 15 years, there has been what we call a renaissance in plesiosaur research."
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U.S. Seed contribution at the Svalbard Int'l Seed Vault rejected as counterfeit; evidence of genetically altered grain found
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Written by Robert W. Armijo  Story written: 21 November 2007

 

U.S. Seed contribution rejected as counterfeit by Norwegian global seed bank, but it maybe what is needed after all

Some Rock Island, North Pole - Previously rejected by its two-thousand-year-old indigenous corn grower neighbors to the south in Mexico, and even starving African countries abroad, the U.S. agriculture industry received the biggest slap in its face to date as the Norwegian run "Noah's Ark" facility rejected its deposits, declaring them counterfeit after the detection of genetic modifications. The U.S., which has publicly acknowledged it made genetic alterations to its grain supply years ago, refused to comment on the matter.  "In the event of a major catastrophe whether it be local or global," said the facility's director. "Countries who made a deposit will be able to make a withdrawal like a bank to grow any crops they may have lost due to any disaster." It is unclear what the U.S. government will do now that its contribution on the behalf of the American people has been rejected, not having a comparable storage felicity to call its own to preserve its seed in the event of a major catastrophe.  Norwegians rejected the genetically altered U.S. grain as they view it as one of the very dooms day scenarios they built the modern day "Noah's Ark" to begin with, say scientists. The Norwegian facility built into the remote mountainside somewhere in the North Pole is quite the feat of modern and primitive engineering. Capable of withstanding all the anticipated effects of global warming and even a nuclear blast and then lasting over a thousand years after that to safeguard all planet life from extinction.

"Genetically altered grain that mutates the genetic composition of all natural grain into extinction on the planet is one of the very dooms day scenarios we trying to avoid here," said a Norwegian scientist. "To accept genetically altered grain would undermine the project, not to mention the possibility of ushering our annihilation at our own hand." "Ridiculous! Americans, and her illegal aliens, have been consuming genetically enhanced grain for nearly a decade now, as far as they know," said a spokesman for the American aquaculture lobby based in Washington D.C."It is all perfectly safe,' said the spokesman, assuring the American public. If genetically altered American grain is not permitted at the Norwegian facility, then American genetic engineers will simply have to design a super strain of American grain that is capable of withstanding all dooms day scenarios those other whippy natural grains are hiding from and are to afraid to face head on, said the spokesman for the American agriculture industry. "We will create the ultimate American grain that will kick-ass," said the spokesman. "One that will not only grow under the most extreme dooms day conditions, it will actively seek out and destroy all other natural growing grains in its immediate vicinity with a pre-emptive first strike capability." After all, those rice-eating Commies in San Francisco have their Minute-Made-Rice, continued the spokesman.  "Then by God, we will have our Minute-Man genetically enhanced wheat gain, even if it's the last thing we do."
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Wine & Geology - peak of the year!
http://www.spe.no/stavanger/aktiviteten.cfm?cevid=45835
Date: 12.12.07 - 12.12.07



NPF, SPE and NGF invites to annual Christmas meeting - a traditional event that attracts many people. As always we have put together an exciting programme so don't miss this years' event on Wednesday 12 December!
Presentation We continue from last year's stop at Svalbard and will hear about:
The real Jurassic Park - monsters from Svalbard Palaeontologists from the University of Oslo, Natural History Museum, led by Dr. Jørn Hurum and Hans Arne Nakrem, have discovered a treasure-trove of dinosaur-era fossil marine reptiles from the arctic archipelago of Svalbard. The 150 million year-old Jurassic fossils were discovered while conducting fieldwork in a remote locality on the island of Spitsbergen, at 78 degrees north latitude, approximately 1300 km (800 miles) from the North Pole.  The Svalbard locality represents one of the most important new sites for marine reptiles to have been discovered in the last several decades. In terms of number, a remarkable 28 new individuals were documented during the short two-week field period, nine of which are believed to be significant discoveries. This tally, which includes 21 long-necked plesiosaurs, six ichthyosaurs and one short necked plesiosaur, ranks Svalbard as one of the most productive sites for marine reptiles in the world. The fossilized remains are also very well preserved, and most of the skeletons are articulated, with the bones still lying in their original life position. The most remarkable discovery made during the expedition was that of a gigantic pliosaur. Based on the fossilized remains of its skull, limbs, and backbone found weathering out of a steep hillside, the skeleton promises to be one of the largest pliosaurs ever discovered. Nicknamed “The Monster” by the museum field crew, this skeleton has dinner plate-sized neck vertebrae, and portions of the lower jaw containing teeth as big around as bananas. Initial estimates place the skeleton’s overall length at 10 meters or more, including a skull length likely to exceed 2 meters.

More info: http://www.nhm.uio.no/pliosaurus/english/index.html
Speaker: Dr. Jørn H.  Hurum Associate professor vertebrate paleontology Section for Geology Natural History Museum, University of Oslo
After the dinosaur presentation we will have a presentation of various wines and wine tasting, followed by dinner. More information about the meeting will be announced later.
Contact person: annette.aalmo@npf.no Venue: Clarion Hotel, Stavanger  From: 12.12.2007 18:30 To:  12.12.2007 23:00
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Hell yeah!! Just like Vault 13 in Fallout! lolz!

Problem is - you can go in and be safe.... but what are you going to run into when you eventually come out?

It's also very possible they might end up like that weird human cult on Planet of the Apes two - worshiping the bomb.
And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin' to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take... OUR FREEDOM!

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DEVELOPMENT:  NGOs Wary of Doomsday Seed Vault
By Keya Acharya
http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=41446
Entrance to the Global Seed Vault in Svalbard, Norway

Credit:Mari Tefre /Svalbard Global Seed Vault

BANGALORE, Mar 4 (IPS) - Agricultural non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in India and elsewhere are criticising the newly-opened Global Seed Vault (GSV) at Svalbard in Norway as fundamentally unjust in its objectives.

The Barcelona-based agriculture lobby, GRAIN, with branches in major developing nations in Africa, Asia and Latin America, says a serious deficiency of the seed vault is that it deals basically with state and private-body depositors to the bank, thereby excluding the rights of poor farmers who cannot access these seeds.

GRAIN says the GSV’s ex-situ storage system takes unique plant varieties away from farming communities that originally created, selected, protected and shared the seeds. Farmers, it holds, do not know how to access the scientific and institutional framework involved in setting up the system and are excluded.

"This system forgets that farmers are the world's original, and ongoing, plant breeders,’’ GRAIN’s Asia Programme Officer, Shalini Bhutani, who is based in New Delhi, told IPS.

Negotiating intellectual property and other rights over the seeds, originally conserved by farmers, thus becomes the business of governments and the seed industry itself, she says.

Decisions on the GSV will be taken by the Norwegian government, currently regarded as trustworthy, but without guarantee that its policies will change. It has a ten-year agreement with depositors that included clauses allowing them to be terminated if policies change.

Management of the GSV is spelled out in a tripartite agreement between the Norwegian government, the Global Crop Diversity Trust (GCDT) and the Nordic Genetic Resource Centre, a cooperative effort of the Nordic countries.

GRAIN alleges that decisions on the GSV will be shared with the GCDT, a private entity with strong corporate funding which brings to the forefront all the ‘terrible controversies’ over access to and benefits from global agricultural biodiversity.

Trans-national seed corporations currently control over half of the world’s 30 billion US dollar yearly seed market, buying up many public plant-breeding programmes that have governments relinquishing control over them. "The ultimate beneficiaries will thus be the very same corporations that are at the roots of crop-diversity destruction,'' says a GRAIN publication.

But Cary Fowler, head of the Global Crop Diversity Trust (GCDT), in charge of the GSV, says such criticism ‘’seriously misrepresents the purpose and workings of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, and portrays the GCDT in an inaccurate, misleading and unflattering manner."

"The Seed Vault has been welcomed by over 165 countries and the Food and Agricultural Organisations (FAO)’s Commission on Genetic Resources, and it is already being used by developed and developing countries and by NGO seed savers (though not by corporations)", said Fowler in an e-mail interview with IPS.

The GSV built into the Arctic permafrost, with a natural temperature of minus 6 degrees centigrade, some 1,000 km away from the North Pole, has three cold rooms further cooled to minus 18 degrees C and is capable of storing 4.5million batches of seeds.

Should some major disaster hit world agriculture, such as a nuclear war or a natural disaster, countries could turn to what is popularly referred to as the ‘doomsday vault’, to pull out seeds and restart food production.

But there are many who are unhappy with the GSV continuing with existing in the science of agricultural conservation.

The Bangalore-based GREEN Foundation, which won the United Nations’ Equator Prize in 2004 for its work on seed conservation on farms through community seed-bank networks, run mainly by women, says the vault’s claim to protect genetic biodiversity is more ‘illusion than reality’.

"It is already a decade since the UNCED in Rio de Janeiro and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) realised that gene banks had their own limitations, starting from major power breakdowns, to excluding farmers’ access to these banks, to realising that seeds conserved under freeze conditions did not evolve when grown under changed environmental conditions," Vanaja Ramprasad, founder-director of the GREEN Foundation told IPS. "It is a sad commentary on the science behind the assumption that the world’s food is secure inside a freezer,’’ she said.

NGOs like Green Foundation, GRAIN and the Hyderabad-based Deccan Development Society believe that involving farmers to grow seeds in their field, conserve and exchange these with others is the most secure method of conserving genetic diversity and resources.

In the last ten years, says Ramprasad, there have been worldwide efforts to collect germplasm and conserve them on farmers’ fields, breaking the notion that germplasm was meant only for breeding purposes. "This reinforced the fact that in situ conservation of germplasm was not only the food security of millions of the world’s population, but also identified as imperative to food sovereignty," she said.

The Hyderabad-based Deccan Development Society (DDS), working in rural empowerment of poor dalit (the lowest caste in India’s social hierarchy) women, and conserving indigenous cereals such as millets, does not believe that the scientific community can save crop diversity by cold-storage systems.

"Global seed wealth can survive only in the farms and homes of global rural communities. The GSV takes away these seeds from the farmer and breaks the first link in the food chain," says P.V. Satheesh, founder of DDS.

A depositor in the GSV currently is the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), run under the FAO and has approximately 15 global gene banks holding the world’s most widely-used food crops, under a legal trusteeship arrangement on behalf of the international community.

GRAIN faults CGIAR’s system as having excluded farmers totally from the trusteeship, a system being linked with the GSV which will give the CGIAR ‘almost exclusive’ access to the vault’s deposits.

Accessions from India and Asia are part of the collections from India’s Rice Research Institute and from the Hyderabad-based International Crop Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), under the aegis of CGIAR, that are to be locked in the GSV. "This vault is more the need of the life-sciences industry, known for its ‘pirating’ of farmers’ material and traditional knowledge,’’ said GRAIN’s Bhutani.

An ICRISAT press note says that the organisation’s participation in the duplicate conservation of seeds in the vault gives increased protection to global agriculture from climate change. But the seeds or germplasm to be transferred by ICRISAT are those of hardy dryland sorghum, pearl millet, chickpea, pigeonpea, groundnut and six small millets that can withstand climate change.

Bhutani says that there are methods of conservation that should be adopted along with this strategy, adding that there is nothing on offer to believe that Svalbard will be invincible in its protection.

ICRISAT has given examples of protection offered through its 1,400-odd genebanks currently in operation in various countries. It says sorghum germplasm lost during civil wars in Ethiopia and Rwanda was replenished from the collection stored in its genebanks.

GRAIN recommends that governments first support their national farmers and markets, rather than international gene banks, leaving seeds in the hands of local farmers with their innovative farming and seed-exchange practices. Developing countries with agro-biodiversity assets need to safeguard their farmers’ interests before agreeing to corporate-controlled agricultural agreements, it said.

Fowler said the GCDT endorses the view that ex-situ and in-situ conservation are complementary.

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Re: "Doomsday Seed Vault" in the Arctic
« Reply #20 on: July 04, 2008, 02:19:23 PM »


The seed bank is being built inside a mountain on Spitsbergen Island near the small village of Longyearbyen. It’s almost ready for ‘business’ according to their releases. The bank will have dual blast-proof doors with motion sensors, two airlocks, and walls of steel-reinforced concrete one meter thick. It will contain up to three million different varieties of seeds from the entire world, ‘so that crop diversity can be conserved for the future,’ according to the Norwegian government. Seeds will be specially wrapped to exclude moisture. There will be no full-time staff, but the vault's relative inaccessibility will facilitate monitoring any possible human activity.

(from the article above)

Preserving bio-diversity is the last thing on their mind. This "seed bank" is either an elaborate ruse to eliminate our fear that GMO crops are destroying unmodified crops OR this seed bank does NOT contain any unmodified seed and is being set up so that Monsanto can profit after some disaster by being the only source of food in the world.

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Re: "Doomsday Seed Vault" in the Arctic
« Reply #21 on: August 12, 2008, 11:32:17 PM »
oh man, I love how they have a limitless budget for shit like this, but when it comes to giving some bread to a family in New Orleans, "sorry, we do not have the funding."

Because the majority of them were poor and black, and in my short study of Eugenics, I get the impression from these "studies" that poor white people have all bad genes along with blacks and hispanics......

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Good topic, thanks for the info.
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I can honestly say that this has been one of the most interesting threads I've ever visited. What strikes me is how quiet this whole doomsday seed situation seems to be. I agree with those who say we should pay close attention to what Bill Gates and his green crowd are spending their money on.

Good discussion.

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So when the earth splits and the seed vault goes down into the lava, what will you do then? Do you really think cavemen in 3500ad or 8000ad will be able to use sticks to get past all that security?

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How would you get to it in the first place if you did survive.  ???
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Artic seed vault hits half million mark

    * From correspondents in Olso
    * From: AFP
    * March 12, 2010 4:44AM

BARELY two years after it opened, a unique Arctic "doomsday" stockpile of all the world's crop seeds has reached the half-million species mark.

A mold-resistant wild bean from Costa Rica, a vulnerable strawberry from a bear-infested part of Russia's Kuril islands and a host of American soybeans are among the latest additions to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.

"Reaching the half-million mark brings mixed emotions," said Cary Fowler, executive director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust, which coordinates the collection of seeds for the vault and helps pay for its upkeep.

"While it shows that the vault at Svalbard is now the gold standard for diversity, it comes at a time when our agriculture systems are really sitting on a knife's edge," he said.

Built by the Norwegian government in a remote mountainside about 1000 kilometres from the North Pole, the seed vault opened in February 2006 to bring together the seeds of all the world's food crops.

Should a natural or manmade disaster wipe out a particular species, its sponsors say, scientists could go into the vault - it has a capacity of 4.5 million samples - and try to bring it back into production.

http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/artic-seed-vault-hits-half-million-mark/story-e6frfku0-1225839821949


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The above article really hits home on what long term planners the elite are.

You hit the nail on the head here;

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Re: "Doomsday Seed Vault" in the Arctic
« Reply #31 on: September 18, 2010, 07:46:03 PM »
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The bank will have dual blast-proof doors with motion sensors, two airlocks, and walls of steel-reinforced concrete one meter thick.

should keep the zombies out.

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I'm not the one to emphasize certain points in my text, but I feel that now it ought to be done, when I ask you

Has anyone thought what they'll do with those seeds if they need to use them?

Well let me tell you: they're sure as hell not going to do a monsanto-style farming with pesticides and chemical fertilizers, unless they're ignorant and stupid enough for it. Not after all that trouble... they'd do it permaculture-style, for higher yields, safer food for them and more endurant crops against all manner of disaster, an overall more secured future in terms of food. Or would they really go through the trouble of saving half a million different plant species seeds and then messing it up on the farming side? Gimme a break...

Permaculture is a steadily growing way of farming, if you can call it that. Beats the heck out of traditional farming if you ask me. I'm surprised if they don't know about it yet, they would know soon enough anyways, and once they do they'll grab all the info on it they can. It's too late for them already to silence it, lucky for us, but they can still try to make it as scarsely available and slow down people from getting the knowledge and try to make it look bad. But it's pretty hard to make something like that look bad. Still... if people don't take it's fruits so to speak and maintain the current situation, it won't help much.

I'm glad that they're so used to their easy game... divide and conquer. People are divided by nature, but our biggest failure is to not unify concretely enough against these folk.

You know, we should really do some seed saving of our own. I recently bought a book about seeding, germinating plants, but I've no idea how to best keep seeds in mint condition for long times. Cold cellar is one and solar powered cooling the other, nothing stops you from combining them and other things for best results. I wonder how they do it in that vault, they can't have anything too energy-intensive, lest they'd solar panel half the mountain or set up a small nuke-proof power plant nearby.
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Their reasons are purely monetary. Monocultures are vulnerable. If their planned monoculture fails for whatever reason, they're going to need access to genetically clean samples so that they can rebuild.

On the other hand, with the way GMO crops keep popping up where they haven't been invited, they may end up wiping out the traditional crops by interbreeding.

I save my own seeds--Haven't bought garden seeds for years.

Seed saver:  Take a piece of light gauze (light but with no holes) and hem it around the edge. I make mine into a circle. Depending on the plant it's intended for it could be anywhere from six inches to two feet across. Then take a piece of scrap yarn and run a stitch around the outside. Make sure the yarn is long enough to leave a 1 foot piece on either side. This is your seed bag. Put it over the blossoms you want to use for pollination and use a soft-bristled paintbrush to do the actual pollinating. Make sure you use different paint brushes for any varieties that might cross. This is only necessary for those plants you want to keep for seed. Cross-pollination shows up in the second generation.

Some plants, such as peppers and tomatoes, can be pollinated by simply shaking the bag. Potatoes and garlic (plants started from a piece of root) are always a clone of the parent plant, so if your parent is GMO free you're good. If you don't have anyone within about half a mile planting the same things you may not need the bag, but I still use them.

When you get your seeds, put a few of each variety in a bottle in the refrigerator so that a crop failure won't wipe out your seed production and force you to buy seeds.

Mikko, the area is permafrost. Their main concern is making sure the seeds don't get so cold they freeze and die. The facility is designed to maintain its temperature without any kind of power usage.