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      CommentAuthorDoc Ocassi
    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2007 edited
    I just can't help worrying about this:

    Bill Gates has teamed up with DuPont/Pioneer Hi-Bred, Syngenta and Monsanto, some of the biggest GMO companies in the world, with CGIAR, a Rockerfeller organization intent of the industrialization of agriculture worldwide, to build a Seed bank that can protected by autonomous systems, in one of the most remote and inhospitable parts of the world.

    The Svalbard Global Seed Vault

    In a press release they state that this vault was build ‘so that crop diversity can be conserved for the future.’ What kind of future do these people see for us? Is it the best they can do to lock away probably the most important assets we have for the implementation of a mono-agricultural experiment?

    "Doomsday Seed Vault" in the Arctic - by F. William Engdahl
      CommentAuthormuse hick
    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2007
    kind of ironic that the guy i always pictured as being the instigator of the end of days is apparently gearing up to save us all. or is it that they are spiriting them away so when the germs are released which wipe all of us out the master race can waltz in and take over and not have to worry about food?
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    @ muse: I'm leaning toward the latter.

    Ever notice how the people who are statistically more likely to get us all killed are the ones with all the bunkers and access to all the vaccines they want?
    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2007
    I love, I always end up there on insomnia-gifted evenings, adjusting my tinfoil hat all the while.

    It might be time to embrace past predictions of future events from all the various books and albums I've experienced throughout the years instead of being frightened by them. I'm still a little spooked that cloning even exists, and that is sooooooooo 1990's.
      CommentAuthorDoc Ocassi
    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2007

    I am always quite nervous about publicizing the hyperbole generally contained within, assumptions that it is all intentional and planned. I believe that it is more down to shortsightedness and greed rather than ill intent. That still doesn't excuse it though.

    Isn't it just a people with way too much money attempting to assert monopolistic control over an aspect of the world. Not that you could ever level that claim against Gates!! Some of the largest bio-patent holders locking away seeds in remote islands, there is no theory here, they are openly advertising the fact!

    Naahh, there's me getting all worked up again.
      CommentAuthorJohn Smith
    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2007
    @ Doc Ocassi

    All conspiracy theories aside, I'd rather have someone with unclear motives create a seed bank than not have a seed bank when we need it.
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    I'm having a time out until I can learn some manners.
    yeah, after all the governments crash, it will be much easier to get away with shooting him in the head, so let him the dump the money on it.

    just remember to save the address in you google account.
    • CommentAuthorNecros
    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2007
    Just wonder if in the coming world, where the Earth is much warmer, the location they have picked will remain frozen. Also wonder how, after the disaster that will supposedly happen, we (or our descendants) will be able to get back in to get at the seeds.
    • CommentAuthorHarvey
    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2007

    Well, the seeds only last 20 years in storage before they lose the ability to germinate, so it's not really a ultra-long term thing. It'll take quite a while before any temperature rise affects the seed bank sugnificantly. You'll have to open it up every now and again, grow the plants and stick the seeds back in again.

    I think the plan is more to use it to top up seed banks that are lost rather than as a long-term insurance plan
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    The title of this thread would make a great pulp youth novel.

    Boy computer genius Bill Gates and his faithful Maori manservant Bigelow enter the vast doorway of the Doomsday Vault. "Golly!" says Bill, adjusting his bottle-thick glasses. "It sure is dark in here!"
    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2007
    when the Zombie Apocalypse/Alien Overlords/Random Dystopian Future comes, I know exactly where I'm runnin'.
    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2007
    This will be a sweet find for spear-bearing hide-wearing post-humans exploring the outer reaches of what's remained habitable. Assuming, of course, that there are robots growing plants and taking seeds in an endless cycle to preserve germination.