Why are Bill Gates and Monsanto Funding A “Doomsday” Seed Vault?

By Jake Anderson

A new documentary called The Seeds of Time is bringing the mythic “Doomsday Vault” of Norway back into the limelight. If you have heard of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, it has likely been either in the context of a conspiracy theory or some cryptic reference in a science journal.

The facts alone make the “Vault” sound like it was taken out of a James Bond movie: 130 meters up in the glacial mountains of Norway, there is a disaster-proof, permafrost-insulated seed bank depository that, in the event of an apocalyptic event, could repopulate the Earth with virtually every known crop. Jutting out of the ice with a glowing fiber-optic display, the entrance of the Svalbard vault immediately conjures visions of a vast underground military installation.

The reality of what’s going on is a bit less dramatic, yet somehow more unnerving and awe-inspiring.

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault has been in service for over six years, but the public remains mystified by the project. Buried under the permafrost of Norway, the vault is now home to over 500,000 samples of crop germplasms. Originally conceived in the 1980s as a 100-year experiment to test the durability of seeds in cold environments, the project struggled to find donors —that is, until an eyebrow-raising team of behemoths, including the Bill Gates Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, Monsanto, and Syngenta – decided to invest. And they invested big: the Bill Gates Foundation alone has poured in $30 million.

Conspiracy theorists have speculated that the agricultural bank is related to knowledge of an impending apocalypse. With the two most reviled Big Agro corporations on the planet involved, this is not surprising — nor is it particularly stunning that some conspiracy theorists regard the vault as yet another indicator that Bill Gates has a depopulation plan in mind.

Conspiracy theories aside, the new documentary does confirm that though apocalypse readiness was not one of the intended functions of the “Doomsday Vault,” it has become an inadvertent utility. According to Cary Fowler, who from 2005-2012 served as executive director of the Global Crop Diversity Trust (which helped create the Svalbard vault), the ostensible goal of this system is to preserve crop diversity in regions plagued by war and civil turmoil:

There isn’t an endgame. There will always be new diversity. The story never ends.

The so-called “Doomsday Vault” is owned and operated by Norway; however, the Norwegian government has no access to the content of any deposits, which are kept in a chamber with a strictly maintained temperature of -18C. They are heftily barricaded to stave off cross-contamination.

Seeds are the only materials stored in these boxes — they are not shared or aggregated in any way. Each unit is strictly isolated to maintain exclusive access for the national account holder. According to The Guardian,

North Korea’s rough wooden crates sit next door to deposits from the US, Russia’s contributions on top of Ukraine’s…

Norway is supposedly providing this service for the benefit of the entire planet by providing the ability revive essential food crops in the event of some globe-threatening disaster, a particularly virulent disease, drought, or nuclear war, for example.

Fowler speculated on the future:

I hope [countries] never use Svalbard. It’s an insurance policy. Like car or home insurance, the hope is you never have to use it. Unfortunately, if we need to go to Svalbard it means we suffered losses in the working gene banks.

She said climate change could present a major challenge:

I do worry that while we have really big collections for the top 15 major crops, we’re deficient in the rest. That doesn’t bode well in an era of climate change, where we need to use that diversity to adapt our crops.

Clearly, the stated goal of the Svalbard Seed Vault is long-term sustainability of seed genes and the human population, which by 2100 will have ballooned to an eye-popping 11 billion. That’s why the Crop Trust isn’t done asking for money. It is reaching out to even more national governments, foundations, and agribusiness titans with a goal of raising $850 million.

It has a pretty good start on that number, which beckons one to follow the money. As previously stated, it leads to four of the most polarizing groups in the world. You could fill a library with the conspiracy theories generated around Bill Gates, the Rockefellers, Monsanto, and Syngenta. It makes you wonder what might have been left out of this documentary. After all, where there’s an insurance policy, there’s usually an industry hedging against expected losses.

Watch this clip and let us know what you think about the tantalizing seed vault buried in the ice of Norway…

Jake Anderson writes for theAntiMedia.org, where this article first appeared. Tune in! Anti-Media Radio airs Monday through Friday @ 11pm Eastern/8pm Pacific.

  • Karolyn

    Where Bill & Melinda Gates, the Rockefellers, Monsanto & Syngenta are mentioned expect the worst; they want world depopulation and are working hard toward it with everything their dirty money will provide.

    • gifteconomy

      We can escape:
      – just save seeds that you have in your apples, blackbarries, cherries… learn on Youtube how to germinate and PLANT
      -plant FREE FRUIT-TREES all around, in parks, along roads… in a guerrilla way – turn our planet into a FREE GARDEN
      -create not only FREE FOOD, but FREE water, FREE space, FREE MOVE.. to all 7 billion people = real freedom that can give us INDIVIUAL SOVEREIGNTY too

  • chilller

    What good are the sterile seed contributions of Monsanto?

    • They can not create life, only modify it, so they have to have original stock to make their hybrids.

  • REASON1

    WHAT THESE IDIOTS HAVEN’T CONSIDERED IS THAT THE SEEDS ARE USELESS WITHOUT THE HONEY BEES TO GERMINATE AND POLINATE THEM TO PRODUCE THE EXPECTED FRUITS OF PLANTING THEM ! UNLESS THEY CAN FREEZE AND REVIVE THE HONEY BEE COLONIES ALONG WITH THE SEDS, NO ONE WILL SURVIVE REGARDLESS OF HOW MUCH MONEY THEY INVEST IN THISP ROJECT. MAYBE THEY ARE PLANNING TO USE IT ASA WRITEOFF FOR THEIR TAXES?

    • Actual Liberal

      Maybe they are a mix of GMO seeds as well. GMO seeds do not need bee’s.

      • REASON1

        Do you really believe that GMO seeds are better than GOD seeds??? What do you think the story of Adam and Eve is really all about??? Why do you think the receiving of the offering of Abel by GOD was more acceptable than the offering of Cain??? Isn’t that what caused Cain to KILL his brother due to jealousy of GOD favoring Abel’s offering over his??? Abel gave thanks to GOD for his help where as Cain did not for the rain and sunshine that made the crops grow ??? THAT was the LESSON for that part of the story,get it???

  • The spirit of the God they do not believe in makes the seeds grow and God’s written word says in the end time the trees do not produce their product in a timely manner.

    Besides, in a war or real world wide disaster, people would make this a battle ground or worse, wipe it out to deny others the seeds. I can see Putin stock piling seed stock and then dropping a tactical nuke on this place if he could not control it himself.

  • Monsanto is evil, and Gates is on record for depopulation… the smart move is to create local sanctuaries for growing food, being self-sufficient, and being unified with like-minded people to do the battle that will be necessary to protect and defend…

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