February 25, 2008
|Gates and Rockefeller connected seed vault opens in Arctic, waiting for the sort of climate change doomsday eugenicists dream about. For more on the seed vault, see F. William Engdahl’s â€śDoomsday Seed Vaultâ€ť in the Arctic, TruthNews, December 4, 2007.|
(AP) It’s been dubbed a Noah’s Ark for plant life and built to withstand an earthquake or a nuclear strike.
Dug deep into the permafrost of a remote Arctic mountain, Norway has created a “doomsday” vault to protect the world’s seeds from global catastrophe.
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a backup to the world’s 1,400 other seed banks, was being officially inaugurated in a ceremony Tuesday on the northern rim of civilization attended by about 150 guests from 33 countries.
The frozen vault has the capacity to store 4.5 million seed samples from around the globe, shielding them from climate change, war, natural disasters and other threats.
“There are not many countries in the world they could have pulled this off,” said Cary Fowler, executive director of project partner the Global Crop Diversity Trust.
Norway owns the vault in Svalbard, a frigid archipelago about 620 miles from the North Pole. The Nordic country paid US $9.1 million for construction, which took less than a year. Other countries can deposit seeds for free and reserve the right to withdraw them upon need.
The operation is funded by the Global Crop Diversity Trust, which was founded by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization and Biodiversity International, a Rome-based research group.