Thursday, January 12, 2006

The Seed 2.0

Plans are underway to build an impenetrable fortress in the Norwegian Arctic to safeguard our agricultural future. The doomsday seed bank will hold 2 million seeds of all of the world's known varieties of crops behind meter thick concrete walls, two air locks and blast proof doors built into a froze sandstone mountain.

The Fort Knox of the plant world is a UN approved plan for safeguarding the genetic results of 10,000 years of human agriculture. Apparently the idea has been around since the 1980's, but recent global events (threat of nuclear war, global warming, etc.) have prompted the need for a more secure seed depository then the ones already in existence. Those supporting the plan believe that the Green Thumb Fortress would essentially "last forever." And all for the relatively bargain price of $3 million. For those of you keeping tabs . . .

Protecting every crop species known to man for eternity= $3,000,000
Cost of the war in Iraq= $2,600,000,000,000
Realizing humans are not an intelligent lifeform = priceless

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