posted on Mar, 7 2007 @ 02:43 AM
There is a documentary on youtube, I believe its called the future of food. I followed a link from ATS to watch it at some point so someone probably
knows the film in question.
I'm no luddite, since that term seems so popular these days, however uncontrolled genetic contamination should concern everyone. It's one thing to
splice a few genes into an animal, as they are easier to contain and exterminate in case they get free.
But when pollin catches a breeze, or hitches a ride on some insects, it is a different beast all together. Monsanto and its starlink corn is a prime
example of why people oppose this type of testing. Random contamination from seeds flying off a dumptruck getting into a field. Then monsanto sueing
the farmer because his field contained patented GM corn. And winning...
Farmers in mexico having 1000's of years of area specific corn (genetically fitted to the specific climate zones) wiped out from frankencrop
Anyways that new seed bank in antartica to save the genetic variety of the planet "just in case" doesnt seem so out of hand, because once the
genetic genie is out of the bottle, it cannot be put back.
Now I admit to not actually reading the article so perhaps they are taking better precautions, but I just wanted to rail against this type of thing.
Monsanto wants to create a terminator seed. Where every seed produced by a plant is sterile. All so they can make money by forcing people to buy new
seeds every single year, as opposed to having farmers save seeds.
Btw I'm not against progress. Some modified products dont bother me as I'm sure most have already eaten some modified corn already. Irridated beef
doesnt bug me.
Now I know plants are genetically modified and have been for thousands of years. A better fuller plant with a higher yeild year after year no problem.
Sticking drug producing bacteria genes into a plant where it could tamper with long term food supplies, genetic stability and livlihoods concerns the
hell out of me.
If done with the proper precautions though, I'd be more open to the idea. Like lowpressure greenhouses that are sealed to minimized pollen and insect
transmition of genetic material. Like a damn bi0hazard level 4 area where plague, smallpox and 1918 flu samples are kept.
Anyways my thoughts on this subject and pardon the spelling errors. There is bound to be a few.