Monday, February 16th, 2009
Put this beside the story about Monsanto’s market moves placing heirloom varieties out of reach for farmers, and a bleak picture begins to emerge. The seedbank’s funding sources are identified here. Among them: Syngenta (a pesticide and GMO seed company), The Rockefeller Foundation, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as well as a host of interlocking biotech firms through the CGIAR (funded by the same companies and foundations). Draw your own conclusions. For this journal’s part, it seems farmers are going to get owned by public-private multinationals unless they diversify their crops and ditch the terminator seeds.
February 16, 2009
CHICAGO (AFP) – The stores of seeds in a “doomsday” vault in the Norwegian Arctic are growing as researchers rush to preserve 100,000 crop varieties from potential extinction.
The imperiled seeds are going to be critical for protecting the global food supply against devastating crop losses as a result of climate change, said Cary Fowler, executive director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust.
“These resources stand between us and catastrophic starvation,” Fowler said. “You can’t imagine a solution to climate change without crop diversity.”
That’s because the crops currently being used by farmers will not be able to evolve quickly enough on their own to adjust to predicted drought, rising temperatures and new pests and diseases, he said. [Ed. Note: Hence the justification for centralizing the world's genetic inheritance - public funds are going to provide a genebank for private GMO companies. That's all this is.]