I started an article about the Doomsday Seed Vault. I thought, how awful, the apocalypse must be near. I thought, how nice, people are looking ahead to after the catastrophic end of the planet earth as we know it. But apparently the seed vault issue does not appear straightforward and altruistic to everyone. I found a fine can of worms and a story that reads like science fiction, but might be true, when the internet introduced me to F. William Engdahl who wrote an article called Seeds of Destruction, the Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation.
Reading Mr. Engdahl’s article brought these words to mind. I would like to totally discount Engdahl’s conspiracy theories about the seed vault because conspiracy theory is what he does and I sort of think of Bill and Melinda Gates, who have helped to fund this project, as philanthropists, but I know how deeply flawed humans are and it is just possible that there is some truth in the points that Engdahl makes. Why is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation partners in this project with The Rockefeller Foundation (which has a Population Control arm) and the US agribusiness giant DuPont, one of the world’s largest owners of patented genetically-modified (GMO) plant seeds and related agrichemicals, Syngenta, a Swiss-based GMO company, CGIAR, the global network created by the Rockefeller Foundation to promote its ideal of genetic purity through agricultural change?
Mr. Engdahl sees a number of motives for this particular group of individuals to form a Doomsday Seed Vault in a mountainside on an island off the coast of Norway in the Arctic and none of these motives are the least bit altruistic. They are all designed to take agriculture out of the hands of small farmers and make the world dependent on three or four large agribusiness groups for our food and other plant products like cotton. They do this by making hybrid seeds the only seeds available. There is an element of eugenics in this says Mr. Engdahl, similar to the genetic purity experiments of the Nazis.
Hybrid seeds cannot be collected and replanted in a subsequent season because they are infertile. Thus the farmer must buy new seed from agribusiness providers every season. This eventually forces the small farmer out of business and agribusiness fills the gaps. The small farmers are driven to the cities to be used as cheap labor by manufacturers. (They are all in this together apparently.) Agribusiness currently has its eye on Africa and what Mr. Engdahl calls “the New Green Revolution.”
Engdahl also suggests that genetically modified materials are being developed as biological weapons and he suggests that in a recent campaign supposedly designed to prevent tetanus in Mexican women, contraceptives were actually administered along with the vaccines. I wish I could doubt this but America has been guilty of the secret sterilization of at least two populations in our past, and to my once great chagrin, I find that Americans can hardly claim that we have always stuck to the high road. I am not, however, saying that Engdahl claims any connection between the American government and his paranoid or real concerns about the true purpose behind the Doomsday seed vault.
This is certainly better than many science fiction books I have read although I am not prepared to make a judgment about whether or not the facts of the matter prove Mr. Engdahl’s theories. After all there is often more than one way to interpret facts. However, I am saying, that knowing what I know, once I have heard that the Doomsday Seed Vault may be another corrupt and greedy plot, I will not be able to totally discount this without compelling evidence to the contrary. A less suspicious part of me still wants to believe these rich folks are just into preserving seeds for future generations. It is also possible that these wealthy people are looking ahead to feeding the ballooning population of the earth which will reach nine billion by 2050.