Fort Knox of Food:Seed Vaults
11 July 2010—A new collection of some of North America's hottest foods—an eclectic range of New World chili peppers—were delivered to the cool Arctic Circle environs of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault this week, where their exotic tongue-scorching qualities can be kept safe for centuries. The seeds were delivered to the vault by a seven-person bipartisan delegation from the U.S. Congress...
Mebbe youse heard of the Svalbard Seed Vault? Thang is straight outa a James Bond movie.
Idea is a good one--iffin' thar's a world calamity that wipes out important food sources ( famine, pestilence, bio-engineerin' mistakes (heh) an the like) then the hope is mankind can jump start a recovery usin' these stored seeds:
The USA has its own system too--which also contributes to the Arctic vault project.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization oversees still other plant gene pools, an' we know that Canada, Russia, Germany, China, and India have their own vaults, jes' in case. An, you guessed it, the major seed houses also have their own super secret seed vaults. A tropical seeds vault is in Costa Rica. Another in Venezuela.
But when ya can catch a person-in-the-know off guard at a UN gatherin', they will let the truth slip: we are addicted to cheap easy food made from GMOs an' eventually, nature will have her revenge, hence the need to reseed the world wif' REAL not GM seeds.
On the personal level, Aunty ain't sayin' youse gonna see it in yore lifetime, but ain't no harm in havin' your own seed bank is thar'? Nuthin' fancy, jes' some basic heirloom seeds in unopened packs stored in a cool dark place.
Main worry I has (see ealier Back Porch posts) is that the major seed companies like Monsanto are tryin' to build a monopoly on seeds--their Terminator Technology kills other seed groups so that ya have NO CHOICE but to buy seed from them. And then how costly will food be? rationed?
I ain't into weird wild eyed conspiracy theories--cause the one right out in the open is enough fer me. Monsanto admits to this goal. I aim to resist an' is urgin' y'all to do the same.