January 26, 2012
from Gaia-Health Website
You thought genetically modified organisms could be dangerous?
Hold on, because synthetic genetic engineering is taking it to a whole new level. It goes beyond inserting genes from one life into another by manufacturing DNA never imagined in nature - by creating synthetic DNA from non-living materials.
It’s the manufacture of life-forms or the modification of living organisms using
non-biological materials. It’s a step beyond genetic engineering, in
which the DNA from one organism is implanted into another. The DNA
itself may be manufactured, literally created in a lab.
It’s also, in line with computer science, sometimes called bio-hacking, a term that evokes much of what it’s about.
is to decrypt the biological code so that it can be redirected to
other uses - a bit like breaking into a computer, taking control of
its processor, and giving it directions to do something different
from its original purpose.
Yasuo Yoshikuni, the CEO of a company that hopes to sell its genetically engineered bacteria to eat brown sea algae and excrete ethanol, makes the nonsensical claim that brown sea algae will absorb the effluent from factory farms.
As that article explains, the truth is the opposite:
To be able to make such a claim
requires divorce from reality.
We’re seeing it already in genetic engineering.
It’s causing infertility to the point of destroying Agribusiness’ pig factory farms, severely harming cattle reproduction, and is strongly suspected in human fertility problems. Genetically modified crops are failing suddenly.
Superweeds, a direct result of genetically modified crops, grow to huge sizes and at accelerated rates. Genetically modified foods are literally changing us by changing our gut biota. Farmers in India are committing suicide in the thousands because they’ve lost their ability to farm after trying genetically modified crops.
The toxins from genetically modified foods are
showing up in virtually all
pregnant women and their fetuses.
They make claims like,
Those paying attention are not the regulators, who have been bought
out by the profiteers.
Pouring resources into are primarily the Big Three of,
These are, of course, deeply interrelated arenas, as chemistry and pharmaceuticals both are tied to petroleum as the basis of the bulk of their products. So, what they’re doing is taking over and pushing the next big area of Big Business.
All their energy is in service to the profits of multinational corporations.
We should have no illusions about it. The entire field
of SynBio is being harnessed to serve the interests of profits. Any
benefits to humanity will exist only in terms of those profits. Any
harms will be ignored and, as we’ve seen with genetic engineering,
As we’ve seen again and again, when profits become the motivating force behind anything, then it’s routinely corrupted.
The harms from pollution, distortion of
society, alienation of people, loss of the natural world, and so
much more are too high a price. As a rule, the benefits are seen
only by the relatively wealthy of the world. The poor gain little
and suffer greatly.
A benefit here
and here may trickle down, but at a price that society needs to
consider. The future of us all is hanging in the balance of genetic
engineering alone. And now, we have SynBio bearing down on us, too.
do know that, whatever they are, as long as SynBio is conjoined to
profits, they won’t be considered.