“If you control the oil you control the country; if you control food, you control the population.” — Henry Kissinger
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, also known as the Doomsday Vault, is located on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen near in the remote Arctic Svalbard archipelago, about 1,000 miles from the North Pole.
Opened in 2008, the seed vault was built to protect the world’s food supply in the event of a global crisis involving war, natural disasters, lack of funding or, interestingly, poor agricultural management. The vault contains more than 400,000 seed samples.
The vault was built deep into a mountain (390 ft) in order to withstand a nuclear explosion, and high enough (430 ft) to avoid rising sea levels. The vault is kept at a constant temperature of zero degrees to preserve the seeds.
According to Norway’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food, the Seed Vault has the capacity to store 4.5 million different seed samples with each sample containing 500 seeds, for a maximum of 2.25 billion seeds that can be stored in the vault.
Norway claims the Doomsday Vault has the capacity to hold all the unique seed samples that are conserved today by the approximately 1400 genebanks that are found in more than 100 countries all over the world.
The Vault’s Norway caretakers stress that the vault is not a gene bank, but a safety-storage for preservation of duplicate collections of seeds on behalf of genebanks.
The Seeds can only be accessed when the original seed collections have been lost for any reason. The depositors retain their rights over the seeds, and Norway will not grant access to the seeds without consent from the depositors.
On the surface, the motivation for the Doomsday Vault seems a practical insurance policy designed to protect the global food supply in a world fraught with potential catastrophe ranging from nuclear annihilation to unpredictable events spawned by climate change.
The Monsanto Connection
But F. William Engdahl, author of Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation, wonders if Bill Gates, Rockefeller and the GMO giants know something we don’t, since almost all of the global availability of current seeds are already well protected in designated seed banks around the world.
Indeed, there are already major genebanks in China, Russia, Japan, India, S. Korea, Germany and Canada. In addition there are genebanks operated by the Centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), which maintains over 650,000 samples of crop, forage and agroforestry genetic resources in the public domain.
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, says Engdahl. When we do we find some fascinating things.
Engdahl, who earned a degree in engineering and jurisprudence from Princeton University, and did graduate study in comparative economics at the University of Stockholm, claims the Rockefeller and Gates foundations have joined forces to promote genetically modified food (GMO) in Africa while simultaneously financing the Global Doomsday Seed Vault. The biotech industry giants “are up to their ears” in the Svalbard project, says Engdahl.
Engdahl, who also wrote A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order, suggests Monsanto and the biotech industry are using The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) to spread GMO seeds across Africa under the pretext of “bio-technology”.
Leaked WikiLeaks cables seem to support Engdahl’s claims. Cables classified By: SUZANNE MCCORMICK, DIRECTOR, INR/OPS, under the heading COUNTRIES: BURUNDI-PRIORITY 5H; CONGO, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC- PRIORITY 4; RWANDA- PRIORITY 5H, 4) Food Security and Agriculture (FOOD), reveal that the U.S. has targeted African officials to accept and promote genetically modified crops in Africa.
That information is not surprising since in 2007, then-U.S. ambassador to France Craig Stapleton conspired to retaliate against European countries for their anti-biotech policies. U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks indicate that the Bush administration formulated battle plans to extract revenge against Europe for refusing to use genetically modified seeds.
Global Crop Diversity Trust (GCDT)
The Global Crop Diversity Trust (GCDT) provides annual operating costs for the facility, and played a key role in the planning of the seed vault and coordinating shipments of seed samples to the Vault.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other donors assist selected genebanks in developing countries as well as the international agricultural research centers in packaging and shipping seeds to the seed vault.
Besides the Rockefeller and Gates Foundations, other 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.
According to Engdahl:
“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.”
“Indeed,” says Engdahl, “it seems we have the GMO and population reduction foxes guarding the hen-house of mankind, the global seed diversity store in Svalbard.”
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