Photo by Landbruks /CC BY 2.0
seed vault, in Norway, some 800 miles above the Arctic Circle, and opened by the
Norwegian Government in 2008, contains seeds from around the globe - original
and diverse species, not genetically modified seeds (GMO). Seeds of essential
food crops such as beans, wheat, barley and rice are stored here.
Seeds are being withdrawn from this vault today - September 25, 2015 -
conflict in Syria has damaged seeds stored in a Syrian seed bank near Aleppo. Because of the conflict, the International Center for Agricultural
Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDIA) no longer has access to the Syrian
seeds, to give to farmers who request them.
Photo credit: AquaBounty Technologies
The Doomsday Vault was intended to protect the planet from catastrophic
loss of seed crop diversity. We thought it would be loss from natural
disasters. But man-made disasters like war and monetary considerations
and fundamentalism seem to work just as well.
There is no similar vault for salmon. So if the genetically modified
AquAdvantage™ salmon get loose from their farms into the wild, for better or worse, there will
be no going back.
Just a point to ponder...