posted on Jan, 17 2008 @ 12:00 PM
reply to post by andre18
I think you are not getting the difference between 'suffer' and 'die'. Nobody said we're all gonna die without the insects pollinating plants.
But we will suffer, because if they don't pollinate the weeds and wild plants that help maintain the balance in the ecosystems of the world, who's
going to do it? Are we to spend copious amounts of money planting stuff every year because at the end of the season it just dies without replenishing
itself? And what if we just ignored the end of season die-off of the scrubs and meadows? Let it turn dry and eventually become a desert?
If you don't think that wild plants of the meadows, bushes, forests and jungles are that important, then at least consider how the
are affecting farmers.
As it sometimes happens, our attempts to 'fix' the situation with our technology has backfired.
Damning Verdict on GM Crop
The results on this crop were that the patented
glufosinate-ammonium weed killer was so effective that there were one third fewer seeds for birds to eat at the end of the season than in a
conventional crop. Two years later there were still 25% fewer seeds, even though the weedkiller had not been applied again.
Les Firbank, who was in charge of the trials, said: "These weeds are effectively the bottom of the food chain, so the seeds they produce are
vital for farmland birds, which are already in decline. There were also fewer bees and butterflies in the GM crops. All the evidence is that it is the
herbicide that makes the difference to the wildlife." Mark Avery, of the RSPB, said: "Six years ago, before the farm-scale trials, we were told that
GM crops were good for wildlife and good for farmers' profits. Now, against all expectations, we are told they are bad for both. It is bad news for
the biotech industry."
More dangers of GM crops: GM or Not to GM, Which?
One more thing. I think the bit about biodiversity still eludes you.
Yes, we have the technology to grow plants vegetables and fruits hydroponically. Often times these are cloned plants, requiring no seeds and
consequently no pollination. But pollination serves a vital function. It allows for the plants to have a diverse gene pool. This makes them as a
species more resistant to disease. If one member of the species succumbs, another one might not because they carried within them a different gene. One
that could withstand or is immune to the pathogen.
What happens when a pestilence attacks a field of genetically identical plants?
The Great Hunger
Because most of the potatoes in Ireland back then (and even now) are genetically identical, it only takes one successful pathogen to spread like
wildfire throughout the entire population. This is also a reason why endogamous populations of people (those that marry within the group) are more
susceptible to certain diseases.
Here is a good website for you to start understanding the importance of maintaining a good biodiversity of life on the planet.
Why Biodiversity Matters
Edit: missing word
[edit on 17-1-2008 by Beachcoma]