Keyword: Monsanto

Spitsbergen (2): the funding controversy behind the Arctic bank of bio-diversity

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The Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a very special storage bank, wedged smack inside the frozen heart of an Arctic archipelago near the North Pole, designed to hold and preserve seed samples of every food crop in the world. In this second article in a two-part report, Mathilde Goanec reports from Spitsbergen on the controversy over the vault's financing; for among private sector sponsors is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which has links with multinational biotech giant Monsanto, a proponent of genetically modified produce.