What’s the real purpose of Svalbard?
1. For the short to mid-run: Monsanto and the other rackets chuck a few bucks into the kitty funding this effort, while the vast majority of the funds come from the public of countries around the world. (As the Global Crop Diversity Trust chirps, this is a “public-private partnership”, and we know what that means.)
The Trust (a corporate front group which is simply a conduit for US govt, CGIAR globalization cadre, and biotech racket lies and policy) then uses the people’s money to do the work of collecting and assembling the seeds.
Then, as per the membership agreement, Monsanto, Dupont, and the rest can use the seeds for their proprietary research. Any patented product they develop out of this biopiracy will then be used as a weapon against the farmers and people of the region where the original variety came from and anywhere else it can be deployed.
If you doubt this, or if any hack defender of the program denies it, simply ask why Dupont, Syngenta, and other biotech corporations “donate” to it. It’ll be cute to hear the hacks at the Trust say they do it out of the kindness of their hearts.
2. Over the long run: When/if corporate agriculture catastrophically fails (it will, but those within the system probably have lots of different levels of consciousness vs. delusion on this), they can use the seeds to have food grown for themselves.
I’ve written previously about how dubious the Svalbard seed bank is
. The fear is that it’s really being assembled for pro-corporate, pro-1% purposes. The Svalbard contract enshrines one such purpose, that any member (such as
Dupont, Syngenta, and most of the other GMO rackets, as well as their lackeys like the Gates Foundation and USAID; I encourage everyone to read the whole list – it’s almost the whole GMO rogues’ gallery) can gain access to any seed in the bank, and by a plausible interpretation of the contract, to any seeds held by any member, whether in the bank or not.
Svalbard detractors have depicted the possibility of Monsanto and others mining Svalbard as a free research facility, toward the goal of patenting GM varieties and further obliterating the natural seed heritage Svalbard claims to want to protect. Svalbard supporters call this paranoia.
Well, we’re now seeing an attempt of this exact nature
, to prostitute the India Institute’s gene bank (the largest in India, fully publicly funded, and with the explicit mission of helping farmers and the people) to the biotech rackets, in the form of a typical “public-private” sellout. (The GMO-flunkey Indian Ministry of Agriculture is another Svalbard funder. See my next post for how the people’s taxes are funding their own enslavement in this way.)
That’s the potential risk the movement runs by collaborating with the racket-endorsed and funded Svalbard.