[permaculture] Save the flowers
healinghawk at earthlink.net
Sun Apr 1 15:15:35 EDT 2007
While realizing that I may repeat myself a bit here, I feel compelled to
inform people of conscience about the latest results of my inquiry into
Colony Collapse Disorder. Please forgive my repetitions. For many, I
suspect they may be background information.
Thursday, a House Subcommittee held a hearing on Colony Collapse
Disorder, a mysterious phenomenon that, by this spring, had disappeared
up to 85% of the domesticated honey bees of the "pollination industry."
The "pollination industry" became necessary after the feral pollinators
crashed by 95% and crop yields plummeted. It's good to hear that some
are staging comebacks, but the places where that can happen (organic
farms and Permaculture designs, etc.) are far less than 1% of the total
farmland in the US. 57% of the US crop was GMO in 2006. One witness
said that a complete disappearance of insect pollinators would not bring
about famine. There would still be enough food to keep the caloric
intake up, she said. But there would be no vegetables, fruits, or
flowers. Our diet in the US would be grains and meat. Never mind that
most of us are, apparently, allergic to gluten, and that the ethics of
meat turns many people off. This inspired me to look even deeper.
I don't know spit about genetic science, but I have two Masters degrees
(in Writing and Consciousness, from New College of California in San
Francisco, not in science) and New College encourages critical inquiry,
even offers a MFA in Creative Inquiry by one of the founders of the
Writing and Consciousness program. Hemingway said the critical
component of a writer was a good "shit detector." So I've been
inquiring. For three years there has been an increasing amount of brain
power going into resolving CCD. The CCD Working Group seeks a single
cause. Scientism, unfortunately, reigns.
Horizontal Gene Transfer is GMO genes crossing species boundaries. What
a few people now suspect, and makes a lot of sense to me after
researching HGT, is that GMO genes have crossed into the bacteria in
bees' guts. This suppresses their immune systems so that they seem to
have AIDS. The next common pathogen they contact kills them. The
problem with HGT is that we don't yet have a way to detect it. We know
it happens. It's what made penicillin obsolete in less than 50 years.
It happens a lot. We just can't detect it. We can only see its results.
The EPA allowed GM crops to go into the landscape because it could not
detect HGT and see the harm it might do. The Precautionary Principle
was not employed. HGT can go in every direction, and we have no way of
telling that it's transferred to another species until we see the
results. Thus, biotech is distorting nature, creating change it has no
plans for. We know that the soil is a single organism containing a
world of other organisms. GMO HGT threatens nature's balance. Have we,
the people, the power to take GM crops out of the landscape? Brother
Bill Clinton ceded the FDA to Monsanto as a reward for their campaign
contributions. A federal judge has said that biotech is functionally
unregulated, currently. Aren't we in deep trouble? This disappearance
of the insect pollinators is but the tip of the iceberg. What do we do
next? In India, farmers burn fields of GM crops. I can only imagine
the consequences of that in the US. It feels like the 1950s, training
for a nuclear attack all over again, to me, only this attack comes from
within US society, from people who call themselves conservative. What
do these conservatives conserve? How do we save the vegetables, the
fruits, and the flowers?
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