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.