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In a fight, I am betting on Mother Nature.  

And it will not end well.

This will be a short diary, with just the facts.

Two stories from Sunday that I have not seen diaried should be getting more attention than they are... I do hope everyone who reads this spreads it far and wide. This concerns the health of every Human (if not perhaps every living thing) on the face of the Earth.

The first story concerns Bt corn. Monsanto's Frankenfood has led to the adaptation of the rootworms their bioenginering was meant to stop. The rootworms have developed a resistance to Bt corn.

Meanwhile, up on the Hill -

A so-called "Monsanto rider," quietly slipped into the multi-billion dollar FY 2013 Agricultural Appropriations bill, would require – not just allow, but require - the Secretary of Agriculture to grant a temporary permit for the planting or cultivation of a genetically engineered crop, even if a federal court has ordered the planting be halted until an Environmental Impact Statement is completed. All the farmer or the biotech producer has to do is ask, and the questionable crops could be released into the environment where they could potentially contaminate conventional or organic crops and, ultimately, the nation's food supply.
So much for the rule of law. So much for consumer protection. So much for Humanity.

As I've said, this will not end well...Mother Nature ALWAYS wins in the end.

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    "Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell." ~ Edward Abby

    by SaraBeth on Mon Jul 09, 2012 at 05:48:16 AM PDT

  •  Mother Nature will (5+ / 0-)

    always win in a showdown with puny humans. And that's certainly not pretty most of the time. Still, target insects developing resistance to the toxin was entirely predictable from the outset. It was simply a matter of time, just as the development of weeds resistant to glyphosate (RoundUp) and now other herbicides was entirely predictable. We do know how this works, just like antibiotic resistant bacteria develop when antibiotics are ubiquitous in the food supply and medicine chest.

    Monsanto (et al.) will simply splice in some other genes. And the natural world will adapt all over again, entirely as predicted.

    Meanwhile, I'm waiting for some drought-stressed golf courses to start gassing geezers in silly knickers with cyanide... Maybe we'll begin to figure out that wasting water on lawns and golf courses in the desert isn't the best way to use our limited resources in a time of climate change. §;o)

    •  All of these adaptations only (2+ / 0-)
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      opinionated, Joieau

      go to show the deniers that evolution is real and that it doesn't take thousands of years either. It only took 10 years for those worms to develop resistance.

      This is truly frightening to me. I sure wish this kind of stuff got more traction here on DKOS...


      "Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell." ~ Edward Abby

      by SaraBeth on Mon Jul 09, 2012 at 08:10:01 AM PDT

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      •  I wrote about (1+ / 0-)
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        the cyanide mystery after doing a bunch of sleuthing on the whole "GMO or not GMO" question. Found that plant breeders have been using some decidedly unnatural techniques to develop cultivars (all kinds) for a long time. Ways that don't include gene-splicing or 'shooting' genes into genomes in what we generally think of as "Genetically Modified Organism."

        Hell, from what I learned - and the bizarre killing field this used-to-be harmless cow pasture turned into - adding a gene here and there to an already stable genome may be the less dangerous means of modification. On some levels. On environmental danger levels, not so much.

        One of the things I learned was that land grant university ag departments are breeding up new cultivars of useful plants all the time, every semester. It can take years to get one that is commercially viable, but it's standard course work. And the reasons given for why this is done all the time is that older cultivars both open-pollenated and hybrid, don't last very long in the real world before nature renders them non-viable for one reason or another. Even when climate change wasn't rampant everywhere.

        So I'm surprised it took ten whole years for the nematodes to become resistant. Though it took 15 years for that cow pasture full of super-nutritious and tough bermudagrass to turn itself into a death-dealer to large mammals out in the open air. Very strange...

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