VICE just aired a new episode where host Isobel Yeung (@IsobelYeung) traced the path of genetically modified super-crops from the headquarters of American agribusiness titan Monsanto to the soy fields of Paraguay, and visits the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, high in the Arctic, to see what’s truly at stake when humans try to improve on nature. Vice sat down with Yeung to debrief the trip which is the video you saw above.
Make sure you find this piece on cable, dish or the internets. Its a really good watch and only about 10 minutes long. If you watch the full episode, VICE also did a great piece on “India’s Water Crisis.” Posting the video preview of that below.
One of the things that I had no idea about, was this Svalbard Global Seed Vault. It’s a secure seed bank on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen that was to preserve a wide variety of plant seeds that are basically “spare” copies, of seeds held in gene banks worldwide in an attempt to insure against the loss of seeds in other genebanks during large-scale regional or global crises.
It’s comparable to a bomb shelter that can withstand a nuclear situation or any sort of catastrophe.
I actually didn’t even know something like that has existed. Actually seems like a really good idea…. You know, I wonder how many of these sorts of ‘able to withstand a nuclear war’ type of places are in and around the earth.
And if we have this nucular situation and the world is basically destroyed, will there be a couple hundred people all over whats left of the planet in these shelters trying to start civilization again? The shit is kind of crazy when you think about it.
Anyways. This is a really good episode of a really good show. Check it out.
Super random but I’m loving HBO Go by the way…. I noticed that I have access to the full length either way.
This is checking it out via the Amazon Fire Stick on the tele at home…
This is on the iPad….
India’s Water Crisis: Sneak Peek (VICE on HBO)
India is the largest democracy on Earth, with an advanced economy, a highly educated population, and cutting-edge space and nuclear weapons programs. But like many countries around the world, India hasn’t been able to provide adequate clean water and sanitation systems for its growing population. Open defecation is widespread, and about 80 percent of sewage in India’s cities flows directly into vital waterways like the Ganges. Tania Rashid goes to India to see just how bad the problem is, and why water is such a pressing issue around the world.