Seeds of Time

Netflix has the documentary on the desperate race to save the world’s seed biodiversity in the film “Seeds Of Time”, one man’s quest to save the world’s future food supply.

If you’re a member, I suggest you watch it.

93% of crop varieties in the United States have gone extinct since 1903. This little known fact really caught my attention, because only today I read were Bayer is considering buying Monsanto, the world’s most hated company, which would reduce the number of GMO seed companies down to just 6. The relationship between heritage crops and seeds and GMO food is actually a race, with the “winner” to become one of the most valuable assets on the planet.

Already, we take food and food diversity for granted, but not so with the world’s scientist who see a extremely large threat looming on the horizon. It’s called climate change and it’s wiping out diversity. The Svalbard seed bank is one of hundreds of seed banks in existence around the world, but only a tiny fraction of the world’s seed diversity has been collected. Far more has already gone extinct or been wiped out and what remains under cultivation or in the wild is under threat.

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2 thoughts on “Seeds of Time

  • May 21, 2016 at 10:48 pm
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    Netflix also has “The Road To Fallujah” documentary. An important story regarding what happened.

  • May 22, 2016 at 11:02 am
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    On the current trajectory – there will be no terrestrial plants within the life time of my grandchildren due to air temperatures alone. And no so-called civilization well before that. Therefore, no way to reach a seed bank much less know what to do with anything found therein, much less grow out to maturity on Venus 2.0. Sorry to say, to me this so-called ‘thinking’ (‘saving shit for later) is just piles of massive hopium piled on top of oceans of hopium. This further assumes that there would be any human remaining needing to eat or the tools and skills to cultivate even a turd. This is Buck Rogers on Mars fairy tale spinning. At least if aliens come to rescue us from our madness they might bring some food – much more likely they’d come for the water and whatever might remain that they could eat. ANY and ALL ‘talk’ about “The Future” is unadulterated fantasy bullshit. Life is a death sentence. As a species, we have implemented ours. We’re taking the entire biosphere with us into the grave. Dead planets don’t eat. Live primates don’t think. Hopium is the classic symptom of the terminal stage of our viral cognitive disease. Yeah, I’m a fkn “doomer” – just being ‘the best’ possible doomer I know how to be. Which to me means facing facts and accepting the consequences thereof.

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