I've presented my OP without presenting bias or my own CT concerning the subject so that others would be able to clearly form their own theories and
ideas without being biased my own. A few posts back, I then stated a scenario, call it scenario #1 of a possible reason 'behind' the seed bank, of
course the seed bank may not have any nefarious purpose, that may be its own scenario as well. I'll present another scenario, #2:
(my conjecture only)
Let's say a government wanted a quick, easy and cheap way to get all of the crop biodiversity of the worlds seeds together in one place, what would
be the best way to accomplish that? Well, by publicizing it as a world benefit
, by keeping it in the open, and by having the worlds countries
openly and publicly support it. In this way the world would actively send the World Seed Bank their collections of seed samples.
In the past, some have been sending 'seed hunters'
abroad to collect seed samples from thousands of varieties of food crop seeds. This method
proves to be quite fruitless, time consuming, and not very effective.
There are thousands of scattered seed vaults around the world, containing thousands of seed samples, each having their own uniqueness. The Svalbard
seed vault project allows the gathering of all of these other seed vaults not by force, but by openly volunteering these seed samples.
For what reason?
Let's say you're a farmer that specializes in unique and rare varieties of growing certain apples for instance. The main reason you (the farmer)
keeps on growing these rare apple varieties is that no one else is growing or even have the seed stock to plant, and you being a conservator of sorts,
want to keep the legacy and the variety alive.
Some growers continue to raise many of the old varieties-such as potatoes being sold by a woman in Cuzco, Peru (above)-in the regions where they
originated. These pockets of traditional agriculture thus serve as natural repositories for the diverse genes of land races and their wild
Now comes a World Seed Bank, ensuring the survival of your particular apple variety for eternity, the pressure may appear to you to be off of your
shoulders to keep on planting this apple, thus ensuring its survival.
This may be one of the reasons for the seed bank to exist, consolidate the seed, hold the main bulk of remaining seed varieties on the planet, and
genetically map all of these seed samples as well.
In the coming future, many of these other seed vaults (scattered around the world) may disappear, be destroyed (by warfare, natural disasters, floods,
fires, or simply mis-management, power outages etc) and the largest remaining seed vault will be on Svalbard, Norway.
Having this resource, this power may then turn this 'public' project into something else
, possibly something that it was planned to be
from the start.
Look at Google, they consolidate ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING, one has to ask why
, is it for the good of mankind? Or is it purely for profits? Or
are there underlying reasons as well
Google Scholar - Scientific papers
Google Email (gmail) - Scans each piece of email that you receive
Google Video/ Youtube
Google Images - Pics cataloged and labeled (tags)
Google Image Labeler- images.google.com...
So once you have this information (in googles case) or all the worlds seeds (in the Global Seed Vaults case) I assert that this means power for the
organization, extreme amounts of power, not realized now, but in the coming uncertain future, lots of power, held by one trust, in an impenetrable
arctic fortress, under a frozen mountain. Any thoughts?
[edit on 27-3-2008 by battlestargalactica]