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Monsanto and Genetically Modified Crops pt2



Kurt Heidinger

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Posted: Dec 24, 2011


Dr. J. chats with Kurt Heidinger, executive director of the Biocitizen School of Field Environmental Philosophy  in Westhampton MA. They discuss the ecological and food security consequences of genetically modified crops, and the corporate accountability of Monsanto in light of a recent EPA investigation of the spread of biopesticide resistant corn-borers.  (Part 2 of 2)


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It's interesting that Kurt mentions us deciding what GM species we want to live with. If most of the species living today went extinct (which they probably will in spite of our efforts), would we try to engineer new organisms from the few remaining species to fill critical ecological niches? I can imagine if Jack Horner is successful with his "Chickenosaurus" project that we might use different variants of those to fill niches seeing how successful dinosaurs were. I also wonder if we would desperate enough to take human DNA and create what would be called "Humanimals" to fill roles left by extinct animals (like the ones depicted in Dougal Dixon's "Man After Man"). The latter probably (and hopefully) wont happen due to ethical issues. Then again, its not like we acting out of desperation before.



"I also wonder if we would desperate enough to take human DNA and create what would be called 'Humanimals' to fill roles left by extinct animals (like the ones depicted in Dougal Dixon's 'Man After Man')."

No one knows at this time, yet it does not sound probable.
At any rate, it is predicted a baby will be able to have its genome mapped at birth by the end of this decade. Even if it turns out to be next decade, such is promising. And someone your age can get a jump-start by taking supplements; though which ones is unknown- only a professional (if they know themselves) can advise on that. However there is a way to take them: you can twist the two halves of the capsules off to pour the contents into a beverage; pills can be ground up in a mortar, or with a spoon on a plate. When you know how much pressure to put on the capsules and get the hang of grinding the pills, it is done in a jiffy.



@ Intomorrow

I don't think I would be taking supplements anytime soon (thanks for the suggestion anyway) though I wouldn't mind having my immunity system strengthened or my life expectancy extended to 300 years (1000 at the most) if the methods of doing so is proven safe. As for utilizing human DNA to create replacements for then extinct animals, It probably won't happen (if at all) till the far future. In the book I mentioned the "humanimals" weren't created till 500 years hence (the year 2491 sense the book was published in 1991 and in the book an aquatic engineered human species was created 300 years hence). Here's a link to show you and anyone who is interested what I'm talking about (illustrations are given though I imagine actual humanimals would be slightly different: http://www.sivatherium.narod.ru/library/Dixon_3/06_en.htm).



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