The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and its partners carry out rice improvement activities using wild rice traits. By way of conventional breeding and modern biotechnological tools, these crucial traits are transferred to cultivated varieties and have resulted in rice varieties with improved resistance to bacterial blight, blast, tungro, brown planthopper, and soil toxicity.
IRRI has been conserving the genetic diversity of rice in the International Rice Genebank for decades. There are now more than 114,000 types of rice kept in the seed vaults, and almost 4% of these are wild relatives.
Here is how they get the seed ready for shipment to the Svalbard Seed Bank.
However, after some research, I find that the seed vault is being sponsored by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Dupont, Monsanto, Syngenta, and the Rockefeller Foundation.
the Svalbard Global Seed Vault — a master backup to the world’s other seed banks — has now secured more than 740,000 samples since it opened in a remote Norwegian archipelago in 2008.
The GMO seeds that are being spread across Africa are now in the vault. This causes much concern over the original seeds that may or may not be available after a disaster.
However, Svalbard does not handle the seed other than ensuring the Vault temperature remains optimal for seed longevity. In fact, no one other than the depositor (e.g. SSE) may even open the boxes in Svalbard, which is why it is referred to as “black-box storage.” All seeds remain the property of the depositor and cannot be accessed by other individuals or institutions.
The GMO seeds called Terminator is an ominous technology by which a patented commercial seed commits ‘suicide’ after one harvest. Control by private seed companies is total. Such control and power over the food chain has never before in the history of mankind existed. This clever genetically engineered terminator trait forces farmers to return every year to Monsanto or other GMO seed suppliers to get new seeds for rice, soybeans, corn, wheat whatever major crops they need to feed their population.
So, how do you feel that these GMO companies have such a hold on the food industry? I have to tell you that this causes great concern for me. Not only is the seed generation being modified, so are your every day foods.
It is time to choose carefully what you eat.