Svalbard Doomsday Vault: Biopiracy by U. N. Treaty


Speech delivered by Kent Whealy regarding the theft of heirloom seeds, the results of many years of heirloom seed saving, now deposited into the Svalbard Seed vault and controlled now by the FAO.  This collection was the former Seed-savers Exchange. 


Goldman and Fowler are being dishonest – to Seed Savers’ Members and in the avalanche of self-promotion from the Global Crop Diversity Trust, the entity that oversees Svalbard – by concealing the fact that being deposited in Svalbard places Seed Savers Members’ Seed Collection under the control of the United Nations’ FAO Treaty, which was specifically designed to facilitate access by corporate breeders.

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Food Chain Radio to have Steve Hixon as guest

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Four seed companies now control 75% of the seed marketplace, and two of them– Monsanto and DuPont– are at slugging each other out in court for more.  The concentration of seeds in the hands of these giants leads us to ask…

Do the seed giants strengthen or weaken our food chain?

This Saturday at 9am Pacific, Michael Olson’s Food Chain Radio hosts Steve Hixon from Steve’s Seed Conditioning in Claremont, Illinois, for a conversation about the politics of seeds.

Topics include how four companies came to control so much of the nation’s seeds; how those giant companies control the competition for seed dollars; and why the USDA is holding public hearings on this consolidation.

Listen on your radio, computer or IPOD: Food Chain Radio

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