June 13, 2012

The Real Purpose of Svalbard


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.



  1. These days I shake my head over my own past naivete about privatization. I guess it was a result of listening to talk radio, but I somehow had it in my mind that privatization was a positive thing.
    Happily, I matured 🙂
    One would have to be really foolish to think it unimportant that the biotech corporations are involved with this program. Their only goal is to get as much money/power as possible. There’s no such thing as benevolence where these monsters are involved.
    I think we should stick to small, local seed banks (as much as possible).

    Comment by DualPersonality — June 17, 2012 @ 11:55 pm

    • It’s just like with everything else. Only action in harmony with nature, organic action, can work against the corporate monster.

      So it is with seed banks/libraries. Even if Svalbard weren’t a corporate-captured scam, and its affiliated NGOs really front groups, the basic notion of seed preservation as a handful of centralized, fortified facilities is completely wrong in principle.

      What do plants do in nature? They disseminate their seeds as far and wide as possible. So it follows that we need thousands of small seed banks. Seed preservation needs to be as decentralized and participatory as possible. We ought to do this as a normal, all-purpose practice. Under today’s civil war conditions, it’s even more imperative.

      Svalbard is wrong in concept, in every way – centralized, hierarchical, fortress. That’s prior to the fact that it’s also a racket-controlled scam.

      Comment by Russ — June 18, 2012 @ 3:05 am

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