Thursday, September 24, 2015

I Hope They Have The Seeds For My Favorite Blend - 'Old Toby' - The Hobbit Leaf

According to a analysis of Svalbard’s database, there are 21,500 cannabis seeds being held for safekeeping in the vault. That’s more weed seeds than there are asparagus, blueberry or raspberry seeds stored at the facility. There are more marijuana genetics in the “Doomsday Seed Vault” than there are for artichoke, cranberry and pear combined.

The stored cannabis seeds originate from at least 17 countries, some of which aren’t at all surprising, like The Netherlands. Five hundred of the marijuana seeds, however, come from North Korea. None originate from the United States.

While the government of Norway owns and operates the Svalbard vault itself, with assistance from the Nordic Genetic Research Center and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded Global Crop Diversity Trust, the seeds are actually owned by the gene banks that stashed them there.

Since the facility opened in 2008, there have been 39 deposits of cannabis seeds by three separate organizations: the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety, the Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research in Germany and the Nordic Genetic Resource Center, based in Sweden and Norway.

Most recently, on April 9 of this year the Austrian group deposited 1,000 seeds each from France, The Netherlands, Poland and its own country.


Debra She Who Seeks said...

Those Norwegians are no fools, you know.

DrGoat said...

I volunteer to guard those seeds with my life. Sitting on
a keg of Old Toby and keeping a sharp eye out. Maybe an
apple or two.

Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

If you listen to more Norwegian ideas you would find the world in a much better place. These guys are thinkers and planners and they do know what to do with their oil and gas revenues. They share them and made things like college educations and day care and healthcare a free thing for all their citizens. And they have Norwegian women that curl and like wearing sweater for 9 months a year. I would gladly guard their store of Old Toby.