If you don’t think genetically engineering life is questionable science at best, then please watch this documentary and read the following Biotech Essay by David Suzuki. It is time for a wake up call! Not only is our food supply being contaminated, these biotech companies have “played God” to create things like vaccine-containing bananas, goats that produce spider silk in their milk, venomous cabbage, chemotherapy chicken eggs, and even glow-in-the-dark cats. (1) As bad as all these things are, the last straw may literally be genetically engineered trees. I am not talking about the occasional tree here and there, I am talking about the forest industry backing this, proposing planting large tracts of GE trees; I am talking about large plantations of fruiting trees such as papaya; and it doesn’t stop there.
Trees are the lungs of the Earth – what do you think is going to happen when the Earth no longer recognizes parts of her body? The same thing that happens when a human receives an organ transplant and the body cannot recognize it – it rejects it. And this “transplant” is completely foreign to the Earth body, it never “lived” in any place but a laboratory. Then there is the greater ethical dilemma of being able to patent life. It IS being done.
Biotechnology is being pushed forward at alarming rates without performing appropriate safety studies – all with the blessing of the US government. The US government has allowed the biotech companies themselves to be the sole reviewers of their own “research”. In other words if the biotech company says its “safe” then that is taken without further questioning. The consumer has no way of knowing what they are buying as there is no requirement to label any GE product.
Removing the incentive (profit motive) from the biotech companies is the only realistic way to stop this – before it is irreversible.