The Great Experiment: Genetically Modified Organisms, Scientific Integrity, and National Wellness STEPHAN A. SCHWARTZ, Columnist – Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing
In September 2012, pictures of seriously tumorous rats (Figure 1) went viral across the Internet, setting off passionate and acrimonious exchanges between proponents and opponents of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Charges and countercharges flew like verbal grapeshot across the various levels of the digital world and scientific media as each side tried to spin what these photos meant.
‘GMOs may be creating an entire generation of cancer victims who have a frighteningly heightened risk of growing massive mammary gland tumors caused by the consumption of GM foods. We are witnessing what may turn out to be the worst and most costly blunder in the history of western science: the mass poisoning of billions of people with a toxic food crop that was never properly tested in the first place,” wrote Mike Adams, an award-winning journalist specializing in health issues, in Op-Ed News.1
I take this to be very good news. Despite the well-financed disinformation campaign designed and paid for by carbon energy interests, and the craven failure of the U.S. Congress to address the issue, personal experience, and conversations with friends and neighbors appears to have overcome the miasma of false information to produce a growing national consensus that climate change, extreme weather, and sea rise are real.
Now if we can just elect replacements for the Congressional buffoons, perhaps something meaningful can finally be done to prepare us for what is coming.
In my view geoengineering is a lot like Fracking. The companies who support and practice these technologies think they know what they are doing but, in fact, their understanding is simplistic and partial at best. As a result there are always unintended consequences that they did not anticipate or understand. In this case the result could be catastrophic.
Clive Hamilton professor of public ethics at Charles Sturt University in Canberra and the author of Earthmasters: The dawn of the age of climate engineering, just published by Yale University Press.
When I saw this story this morning I could hardly believe it was real. But I have checked and it is. You can click through to download the CDC .pdf report.
I find it highly ironic that this story is appearing in a conservative religious website, because much of this enormous spread of venereal disease is arising because the Theocratic Right has done everything it can to stop useful sex education in the U.S. leaving teens, particularly teens in Red value states, completely unprepared to practice safe sex. Not surprisingly, the incidence of unintended pregnancies and STDs in those states are much higher than in Blue value states.
Two readers, one a beekeeper reader sent me this, the beekeeper saying he had lost over half his hives this year. I found it very depressing. All of this is the result of a few corporations I do not hesitate to call evil. If the bees go, the human race may not be far behind. Yet our government just dithers, our politicians too corrupt to see that this is going to affect them as much as anyone else.
I implore you to plant bee friendly plants in your gardens, and to refrain from using poisons like RoundUp on your lawn. One of every three bites of food that goes into your mouth, and the mouths of your children is dependent on bees, and other winged pollinators.