We had a server outage, and we're rebuilding the site. Most of the site features won't work. Thank you for your patience.
imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Genetic engineered crops future side effects

by nature's chain reaction not noticable today Wednesday, Dec. 03, 2003 at 1:11 AM

Genetically engineered foods side effects can appear decades after their initial introduction in the mid 90's. Just like nuclear waste, petrochemical pollution (DDT bioaccumulation, smog, global warming) and other technofix nightmares, genetically engineered crops can still be prevented from causing further damage..

When dealing with genetic engineering and other techofix "solutions" to problems created by outdated technofixes.. (pesticides sprayed over land and sea replaced by drifting GE corn pollen containing Bacillus thuringensis [Bt] toxins)

..we begin to notice a disturbing pattern in the delayed side effects of technofix products that nobody believes until it is too late..

Did Henry Ford/Rockefeller think about global warming and smog when they began mass producing automobiles/petroleum fuel decades ago? (scientists predicted global warming in the seventies but were ignored by businessmen until record heat waves across the globe made it impossible to ignore)

Did DuPont think about pesticides like DDT bioaccumulating in birds of prey like eagles, making their shells too soft?
(Rachel Carson knew there was a problem years before "Silent Spring" was published, though patriarchal corporate scientists laughed at her)

The elites like Ford and DuPont probably don't care about the side effects of these technologies, and the corporate workers/scientists may believe they are performing a service that will benefit humanity. They believe in their technofix so much that they are walking through fog with blinders, intent only on the "benefits" of their technologies..

The clean up of nuclear waste, petrochemical residues in rivers and other technofix waste/side effects become the burdens of the future generations..

..our burden is heavy enough without the additional weight of genetic engineering and mutated DNA chain reactions..

from article by Lawrence Tsimese

"You hear a lot of scientists and policy makers making statements such as this: “For the benefit of humankind, we must end the squabbling over biotechnology and allow objectivity to prevail. Its ability to feed the hungry, heal the sick and make life better for billions of people is too great to lose to fear and confusion.”

But despite the tantalising picture of what biotechnology will do for the starving millions in Africa and other parts of the third world, there is growing awareness that genetic engineering is a central means by which global capitalism is consolidating its control over our food and health care. Biotechnology has helped drive unprecedented corporate concentration in both agribusiness and the pharmaceutical centres. Many of these corporate entities, particularly the agribusiness giants, think Africa lacks the technological expertise to meet her food requirements and so are doing everything possible to lure governments to adopt the GE technology as a panacea to end hunger as well as stimulating economic prosperity.

GE crops however promote monoculture. In Africa and other developing countries, farmers successfully control pests by encouraging biodiversity in their fields and encouraging beneficial insects and crops. The Food and Agriculture Organisation points out that more plant diversity has been lost to industrial agriculture than to any other cause. GE crops will increase that problem.

Scientists have shown that reductions in biodiversity have led to the evolution of aggressive pests and diseases which are more difficult to control than those from which they have been derived (RA Ennos, The influence of agriculture on genetic biodiversity, BCPC, 1997.)

Millions of farmers in developing countries rely on farm-saved seeds for their crops: but once they begin to buy GE seeds they will be dependent on future purchases. Monsanto prohibits seed-saving (Monsanto Roundup Ready – Gene Agreement for Roundup Ready Soybeans, 1996).

The fact that such a technology is largely in the hands of the private sector in the north can lead to biases in the type of research that is being done. It is only logical that a large company would tend to aim at large world-wide markets for their products. Such products might not necessarily be appropriate for small farmers in developing countries, who tend to work in highly variable and vulnerable ecosystems and need seeds that are location specific.

In that sense, biotechnology might undermine food security in Africa rather than secure it. Indeed if the biotech corporations want to feed the hungry they should instead encourage sustainable land reform that puts farmers back onto the land and push for wealth redistribution that allows the poor to buy food of their choice. "


My question to the people of Earth ---

How many times do we need to make same mistakes by overestimating our ability to understand and control nature through technofix "solutions" like genetic engineering?








Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


LATEST COMMENTS ABOUT THIS ARTICLE
Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 2 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
TITLE AUTHOR DATE
Can you offer any hypotheses? Dagny Wednesday, Dec. 03, 2003 at 1:15 PM
Now, now, Dagny. nonanarchist0650 Thursday, Dec. 04, 2003 at 3:57 AM

Local News

Woolsey Fire: Worst News of 2018? J01 12:18AM

Oppose Environmentally-Harmful Development D10 4:03AM

Oppose Environmentally-Harmful Development D10 3:58AM

OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center Presents Night for Hope O30 5:38PM

Marshall Tuck’s racist dog whistle O27 5:01AM

Marshall Tuck’s ethnocentrism contradicts Californian values O27 4:32AM

Contra Costa-Hawkins O25 3:48AM

Debunking Some Anti-Prop 10 Propaganda O12 6:56AM

Why Should California Choose De Leon Over Feinstein? O10 9:55PM

Change Links September 2018 posted S02 10:22PM

More Scandals Rock Southern California Nuke Plant San Onofre A30 11:09PM

Site Outage Friday A30 3:49PM

Change Links August 2018 A14 1:56AM

Setback for Developer of SC Farm Land A12 11:09PM

More problems at Shutdown San Onofre Nuke J29 10:40PM

Change Links 2018 July posted J09 8:27PM

More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena J02 7:16PM

"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena J02 7:08PM

Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles J30 11:26PM

Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! J11 6:58AM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

A Mistake: Jesse Jackson-Toyota deal-in Lexington -Ky is .8 billion over 10 years 2018 J20 1:17AM

If Trump Declares a AantionalEmergency, He'll Be Breaking the Law J20 12:47AM

Jesse Jackson's Sneak Attck on Toyota Lexington Ky and it's workers 2018 J19 9:12PM

Video: Chris Herdges in Eugene, 1 hr 24 min J19 5:37PM

FAKE NEWS J19 2:31PM

MACROTHSCHILD.2 J19 11:03AM

Judge Delays Ruling on Puerto Rico Debt Deal White House Opposes Island's Food Assistance J18 6:04PM

BATACLOWNS J18 9:28AM

FALSAS VICTIMAS J18 9:22AM

Paraphysique de proxémie guerrière J18 7:59AM

MACROTHSCHILD J17 9:38PM

FARCELONA 8.17.2017 J17 3:23PM

DEAD MAN LIVING J17 10:46AM

DIARY OF A CON MAN J16 10:40PM

PR Debt Cancel, Judge Reviews Cofina Debt J16 9:04PM

Réseautage, fragmentation du capital J16 4:20PM

Paraphysique de manipulation mentale et sociale J15 9:51AM

The Global Justice Project and Human Survival: We're Badly Off Track J15 5:08AM

The Global Justice Project and Human Survival: We're Badly Off Track J15 5:08AM

The Global Justice Project and Human Survival: We're Badly Off Track J15 5:08AM

Markets as a Fetish, Globalization, and Dissent Management J14 1:03PM

State Debts - The Primal German Fear J13 5:09PM

Sans liberté, sans égalité, sans fraternité J13 8:09AM

From Progressive Neoliberalism to Trump - and Beyond J12 9:22PM

Copper Cures Cancer J11 1:42PM

Steven Taylor, Investor who Evicts J11 9:24AM

Du sectarisme, des sectes, des clans J11 8:10AM

“Animaniacs in Concert!” Starring Voice Legend Rob Paulsen J10 6:34PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy