Hat Tip: Catherine Austin Fitt’s Blog,
February 18, 2009 at 5:02 pm
From “Planting Seeds” in The Guardian in January:
“Bill and Melinda Gates hate controversy, but the world’s top philanthropists do seem to be moving ever deeper into political lobbying. They’ve just given the Danforth plant science centre in St Louis $5.4m (£3.8m) to help them persuade African and other poor countries to “overcome regulatory hurdles” and allow the field testing of bio-fortified GM crops. So what is Danforth? Just a “charity” set up and funded by Monsanto.”
“The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a secure seedbank located on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen near the town of Longyearbyen in the remote Arctic Svalbard archipelago. The facility was established to preserve a wide variety of plant seeds from locations worldwide in an underground cavern. The Seed Vault holds duplicate samples, or “spare” copies, of seeds held in genebanks worldwide. The Seed Vault will provide insurance against the loss of seeds in genebanks, as well as a refuge for seeds in the case of large scale regional or global crises. The island of Spitsbergen is about 1,120 kilometres (700 mi) from the North Pole.”
The Gates Foundation has also donated $34.6 million to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, along with contributions from DuPont and the Rockefeller Foundation.
Now why would the Gates Foundation want to use its resources to force indigenous farmers to destroy their seed supply while the Foundation was financing the ultimate seed bank?