The “Doomsday Vault” and the Philippines

Very interesting news this one… apparently, the Philippines (specifically the IRRI) has the distinction of being the largest contributor to the Norwegian-initiated Global Seed Vault, which is referred to by some media organizations as the “Doomsday Vault.”

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Built almost 400 feet into the side of a mountain, the Seed Vault aims to preserve and safeguard samples of the almost 1.5 million distinct agricultural seed varieties currently known to man. A noble goal indeed, but not everyone is convinced.

The (sadly) IRONIC thing here is, the IRRI will be shipping 70,000 varieties of RICE to the Seed Vault yet here we are in the midst of a looming Rice Crisis (and it seems, a Corn Crisis, as well).

Naalala ko tuloy ang sinabi sa akin dati ng nasira kong tiyuhin na si Mang Gurnakh: “tutoy… ako ang nagtanim, ako ang nag-alaga, ako ang umani, ako ang bumayo, ako na rin ang nagsaing… pero hindi mo man lang ako tinirhan ng kanin!? Pati tutong niyari mong lahat!! Tapos nagtataka ka pa kung bakit antaba-taba mo na! Oragon ka, noy!!!” πŸ™‚

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The “Doomsday Vault” and the Philippines

6 thoughts on “The “Doomsday Vault” and the Philippines

  1. Bonn ay nagsasabing:

    Very interesting, ‘Frankenpooh’ (cf. Sam)! :p

    Having a seed vault for the future is not at all a bad idea. But, of course, I agree with you — we have to deal with the present, and somehow forget the past which won’t come back anymore but without forgetting the lessons, and we should not worry much about the future because we don’t know it anyway!

    Taroogs – at least, bonn, after the global cataclysm that is sure to come, the cockroaches (who will be the new rulers of the earth) will be assured of a steady supply of seeds πŸ™‚

  2. Ironic nga. Ang problema sa gobyerno natin minsan nuknukan ng yabang at paimpress, pero tayo naghihirap.

    Taroogs – true. inuuna yung “ano ang tingin ng ibang bansa sa bansa atin” kaysa sa “ano ang tingin ng sarili nating mga kababayan sa bansa natin”

  3. koreanmine ay nagsasabing:

    ganyan nga daw ata talaga ang pinoy, mejo step above sa pagyayabang (of sam sort) lyk kung cno yung ala nmang pera eh xa yung nagmamagaling manlibre kahit p inutang lang yung pera sa bulsa..

    positve or negative? meja meja πŸ˜€

    Taroogs – parang piyesta, di ba? mangungutang para may pang-handa… di bale nang kanin at asin lang ulamin sa mga susunod na araw. positive o negative? parang both πŸ™‚

  4. hayyy!! ang masama nito..hindi NILA pera yung gagastusin nila.. naman naman…

    Taroogs – in fact, utang nila sa bayan yung perang yun! at gagastusin lang sa mga walang kwentang bagay 😦 pero, at least, hindi “artworks” ang binili — di gaya sa pera ng GSIS.

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