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In terms of fireballs and earthquakes, August 2019 was a record-breaking month. Of the two trends, the more disturbing (and they’re both awful) last month was fireballs.

Also, we saw two more very large earthquake (VLE) swarms, and this confirms a pattern dating back to the VLE swarms in Hawaii.

Another new development are purple Purple sunsets from volcanic dust. On the one hand, beautiful.  On the other, ominous.

There are other signs of what is to come as well and we’ll discuss them in this article so let’s get into it.

https://yowusa.com/2019/09/signs-42-falling-rocks/

ilinda:
Truly a wake-up call.  Near the end of the article the discussion centers around the Norway Seed Vault, built deep in the Arctic ice, meant to house seed samples of most of the edible crops on the planet. 

The seed vault was built ostensibly to protect Earth's food crops from devastation through natural or other disasters, but some food, farm and seed experts claim there were other ulterior purposes, which is why Monsanto was/is one of the major supporters.  Per one of the co-founders of Seed Savers Exchange (SSE), Kent Whealy (now deceased) one must sign an agreement (too long and complex to detail here), agreeing to abide by the terms of the Seed Vault, one of which states that seeds deposited there must be made available to any other seed vault depositer who requests them.  The list of seed depositers is long and includes SSE, as well as Monsanto.

Kent wrote several quite lengthy letters to SSE members detailing this issue, alerting SSE members to the fact that SSE was and is now regularly depositing SSE seeds in the seed vault,  but in all of this, SSE has never published the contract signed by SSE's then-Executive Director, Amy Goldman, a contract which details what exactly she/SSE agreed to.  This contract was signed without the knowledge of SSE members such as myself.  I have tried to get a copy of the contract but have never been able to see it.

Why is this relevant to Marshall's excellent article, and the Norway Seed Vault?  People need to be aware that there are "seed banks" all over the world, and many of them have chosen NOT to deposit samples of their seeds there.  For example, even SSE has two reserve sources of seeds:  their own underground seed storage facility right on the 700+ acre SSE property in Decorah, Iowa; and a government seed storage facility in Fort Collins, CO.  There are large and small "seed banks" that do not even call themselves seed banks, including my own tiny stash of seeds I store in various containers, and those of other gardeners and farmers.  An example of a large seed bank is the German Gatersleben.

So, we need not despair if the Norway Seed Bank succumbs to melting permafrost, interior flooding--then refreezing, and eventual rotting of deposited seeds, because that particular seed bank has violated one important tenet of success:  Don't Put All Your Eggs in One Basket!

In the meantime, everyone who can possibly do so, might consider buying seeds and storing them in the fridge (not on the door), even if they cannot be gown out now, because the more food crop seeds that are widely distributed across the planet, the better the chance humanity has for growing food after some catastrophic chain of events.

R.R. Book:

--- Quote ---The seed vault was built ostensibly to protect Earth's food crops from devastation through natural or other disasters, but some food, farm and seed experts claim there were other ulterior purposes, which is why Monsanto was/is one of the major supporters.  Per one of the co-founders of Seed Savers Exchange (SSE), Kent Whealy (now deceased) one must sign an agreement (too long and complex to detail here), agreeing to abide by the terms of the Seed Vault, one of which states that seeds deposited there must be made available to any other seed vault depositer who requests them.  The list of seed depositers is long and includes SSE, as well as Monsanto.
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I don't blame you for wanting more details of that agreement, which sounds as if it could be a means of placing heirloom landraces into the hands of GMO corporations for such potential nefarious purposes as:

*stealing their genomes and patenting them as "their own"

*then making possession of the landraces illegal by anyone not "authorized" to have them (as has been done with corn)

*modifying the landraces as terminator seeds to render them infertile

Thoughts?

ilinda:

--- Quote from: R.R. Book on September 19, 2019, 06:59:16 AM ---
--- Quote ---The seed vault was built ostensibly to protect Earth's food crops from devastation through natural or other disasters, but some food, farm and seed experts claim there were other ulterior purposes, which is why Monsanto was/is one of the major supporters.  Per one of the co-founders of Seed Savers Exchange (SSE), Kent Whealy (now deceased) one must sign an agreement (too long and complex to detail here), agreeing to abide by the terms of the Seed Vault, one of which states that seeds deposited there must be made available to any other seed vault depositer who requests them.  The list of seed depositers is long and includes SSE, as well as Monsanto.
--- End quote ---

I don't blame you for wanting more details of that agreement, which sounds as if it could be a means of placing heirloom landraces into the hands of GMO corporations for such potential nefarious purposes as:

*stealing their genomes and patenting them as "their own"

*then making possession of the landraces illegal by anyone not "authorized" to have them (as has been done with corn)

*modifying the landraces as terminator seeds to render them infertile

Thoughts?

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The points you make are some of the same echoed by many seed groups who have declined to deposit their own seed treasures there.  In fact, years ago when the Norway seed vault was first being discussed, mention was made that a situation had already occurred in the Phillippines where a major seed company gained illicit control of some deposited seeds, seeds they were not supposed to be able to access.  I didn't get details, but exactly as you suggest, the big seed giants are probably chomping at the bit to see who first gains access to many of the heirloom seeds deposited in Norway.

In the view of many, anything in which Monsanto participates and supports, automatically has a red flag attached!

R.R. Book:
Yet another example of where isolationism may be of benefit to indigenous cultures...

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