Visiting the website tonight I found that the only way to read this story at the moment is to buy the magazine as I did. I will post again on that story but for now introduce this story below on the Svalbard Global Seed Vault above the Arctic Circle Norway.
I often hear of this project ... many confuse it with the Millennium Seed bank Project which I was connected with during last year's residency. On the right sidebar you can find the link to Kew Garden's MSB project! The Norwegian one I have yet to thoroughly explore. Another magazine I picked up today - the December edition of ICON - an international design, architecture and culture mag actually featured a long article on this Seed Vault that is often referred to as the Doomsday Vault.
|online magazine - iconeye |
I'm frequently noticing considerable information circulating on seeds, seed banks and such research ... and given my background is not science ... it begs a fair degree of persistance to decipher the value of individual articles - the politics and hidden implications adding greatly to the confusion.
"It is hoped that we will make our choices rationally and equitably for the benefit of the whole of humankind, rather than for the political, social or economic benefit of the few."
I found this final sentence disappointing - too understated a reflection on the matter given this book comes after Thopmson's lifetime's experience in Plant physiology... not working for a private company but at Kew Gardens ... Id have welcomed a stronger critique on the situation hinted at in that final statement.