Today I stumbled across this amazing photograph taken by Maria Tefre for the Global Crop Diversity Trust. It’s of the Global Seed Vault being built into a mountainside cavern in Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen island around 1,000 km (600 miles) from the North Pole. Its goal is to store the world’s crop seeds in case of disaster. Starting with 200,000 samples when it opens in February, the vault will have the capacity for around 4.5 million bar-coded seed samples in all.
As ordinary Australian people are being so symbolically locked out of the APEC security zone (Australians Pushing Export Coal), John Howard and George Bush are busy making sure that “no billionaires are left behind”. It’s timely, then, as these billionaires gather, thinking they can determine our future, that the current Digger’s Club magazine focusses on Genetic Engineering and the multi-billion dollar Corporations Monsanto and Bayer who are pushing GM. Continue reading