Wednesday, May 25, 2005

IF IT IS BAD FOR BUGS It is bad for humans

WTO demonstrators (don't see much of that anymore, thanks to new paramilitary powers)

During the Vietnam war, I was shocked when a GI came into the free clinic complaining about mental instability. I was doing the intake form, asking him questions when he decided to tell me a funny story. While on the ground, as a grunt, a helicopter flew over and as a joke, dumped Agent Orange on him. And the kicker was, he couldn't wash it off because there was no water.

I was stunned. "You know, that is a poison," I said.

"No it isn't. It only kills trees, that is what they told us," he said.

"Things that kill trees can kill humans," I said, nearly in tears. "We all share the same genetic codes".

Why do so many powerful Americans encourage fundamentalists' little hobby horse of antidarwinism? It would seem odd considering that these same powerful people support genetically altering many living organisms. Note how the Christians say absolutely nothing about GM foods? Why Montsano doesn't bother them at all? One would think they would be howling over changing God's living creations. But far from it, they seem childishly pleased with all this. Oh goodie! We can raise our crops with virtually no effort!

Cheap food! No need to weed or grow carefully or rotate crops or work with all other living things! Turn nature into a genetic desert! Who cares! The earth is our and Mother Nature is our whore.

Unfortunately for humans, Mother Nature is not only very old, She is very powerful. And her laws are iron clad. We imagine we are circumventing them but we are only hurting ourselves in the bitter end.
Rats fed on a diet rich in genetically modified corn developed abnormalities to internal organs and changes to their blood, raising fears that human health could be affected by eating GM food.

The Independent on Sunday can today reveal details of secret research carried out by Monsanto, the GM food giant, which shows that rats fed the modified corn had smaller kidneys and variations in the composition of their blood.

According to the confidential 1,139-page report, these health problems were absent from another batch of rodents fed non-GM food as part of the research project.
This news is causing heart failure over here in America. Europe, already sceptical, is now outright going to refuse modern frankenfoods. And they are right.

Why can't we successfully digest frankenfoods? Simple: anything that is toxic to say, bugs, will end up being toxic to humans. This is because bugs and we all descended from the same ancestors, eons ago, ditto the plants, even longer ago. The basic interior structure of the cells of all our bodies are queerly designed by random chance plus mutations plus sheer luck to have various components that work in tandem in all living things. When we short circuit evolution we get all sorts of odd things that just might be very bad for us. This is because attacking other living things rebounds on ourselves.

Like the armor piercing depleted uranium. We win fights but the price is we poison the land and our soldiers who die of lung and brain diseases and their children are born deformed. Great.

Atlantic Monthly, for example, a once fine magazine now a lost right wing propaganda organ, tries hard to convince us frankenfoods are good.
Will Frankenfood Save the Planet?

Over the next half century genetic engineering could feed humanity and solve a raft of environmental ills—if only environmentalists would let it.
What follows is a long screed designed to stampede the reader into supporting this unproven food technology. Instead of long tests, as with any living system, has to take years for several generations and be tested on more than one ecosystem, they run cursory tests and then trumpet there is no problem.

Just last year, another propaganda organ that gets money from the GM food giants makes snide fun of the Europeans.
The European Union recently surrendered to sound science in the debate over genetically modified foods (GMOs). Specifically, EU commissioners lifted the six-year moratorium on GMOs by allowing the Swiss-based Syngenta to sell its sweet corn. David Byrne, the EU commissioner for health and consumer protection, said the corn "has been scientifically assessed as being as safe as any conventional maize. Food safety is therefore not an issue, it is a question of consumer choice."
Of course, there is precious little "consumer choice" here since American corporate entities used bribes to get Congress and the other rulers to pass laws allowing them to hide this information from consumers.

There certainly are no "frankenfood" labels on anything!

There are many things at stake here. I come from the ruling class and I assure you, we ate and still eat, carefully. Often growing our own food even as we jet set around the world, eating at the best places, etc. Trim, healthy and well cared for, the last thing we do is visit McDonald's. We call them "Mc Death's". All rich people hire chefs who carefully shop and religiously avoid food generated for commoners. The rich don't need labels. They know the names of the farms servicing them. I used to make money this way, selling to people who wanted genetically pure food. Honey, lambs, vegetables, chickens, carefully hand cultivated.

If you go to a store and buy eggs, you are getting garbage. Grade D or lower eggs. Trust me on this. My eggs are grade A, namely, the yoke is very bright gold, not yellow. The whites sit in a lovely oval when you crack the egg and drop it in a dish, not watery, the eggs, when you beat them, don't break down quickly but rather, have great whipping strength, I can tell the difference just from touching the shell. Shiny and very smooth is a good egg, bad eggs are chalky.

The horrible things being done to chickens...another topic. One that I feel very strongly about.

Frankenfoods. No.