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'Transgenic Storms' and 'genomic dark spots in the landscape'

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posted on Sep, 11 2009 @ 12:34 PM
This is a very cool article / post on the very hot blog Pruned.

This particular post is a write up on the project entitled:

Genetically modified organisms released for field tests from 1987 to 2008
, which is the work of The Center for PostNatural History. This is the link to the original piece.

This is a very cool story.

[This is focused on an] infographic on genetically modified organisms permitted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for field tests since 1987. This map shows where these neo-florae have been released into the environment, which institutions have applied for the permits to conduct the experiments, and what enhancements these organisms have been engineered with, for instance, drought tolerance and fungal resistance.

Whether one thinks about this topic or not seems rather innocuous, of course these organisms are released into the environment, right? Well yes, and no. It is not really all the innocuous, but it is not something we really think about and that is by design.

Having taken many joyrides over the years throughout Illinois, which according to the map has hosted many of these real world trials, we may have driven past by one or two of these plots. But we wouldn't know. Some protocols may have been set up so that no rogue environmentalists will come and uproot the plants, say, electrified fences or surveillance sensors, but perhaps the best form of quarantine is anonymity and apparent ordinariness. One passes by them oblivious, because they are as unremarkable as the next hundreds of thousands of rows of corns. But of course they're not. To once again borrow from Trevor Paglen, these are genomic dark spots in the landscape, fully alight with the Midwestern sun.

'Genomic dark spots in the landscape'. Area's of designed vagueness. These neo-species are considered highly questionable to many people and as such their growth, either as proven species or as tests, in the human agricultural landscape here in the USA is a ghosting just like their presence in our foods.

The United States and Canada do not require labeling of genetically modifed foods.


One of the things we like about this map is how the icons pop in and out, sometimes massing together and swelling to shroud an entire state before desiccating gradually. Quiet passages of solitary icons here and there, then a massive pileup; transgenic thunderstorms developing over some skies somewhere, possibly flooding an uncontaminated gene pool with a deluge of foreign DNAs. It's like watching the time-lapsed maps of The Weather Channel.

Again this is the link to the original piece and is the place you can go to watch the time-line map and it's 'storms' or neo-species moving across the USA landscape.


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