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“What are you doing for others?”


01/06/ 2013

As the human population of the Earth increases, the inevitable question arises, “How are we going to feed them all”? It is a fair question to ask, after all with diminished Fish reserves in our Oceans and, an every growing Industrial landscape, isn’t a global food shortage foreseeable?

It is a fact that our Fish stocks are in decline, with depleted numbers and possible extinction in some cases, with no seeming respite insight regarding global fishing levels. It’s clear that we cannot rely on our oceans to feed the world. Meanwhile on Terra Nova our productive meat food chain is under stress. Recent cases of untested Horse Meat, turning up in burgers and Mince Meat, being just the latest catalogue of errors. Diseases such as Foot-in-mouth, Bovine Spongiform Encepalopathy  (Mad Cow) and Anthrax to name just a few, could threaten a Global food crisis at any time. So what can we put our trust in? The answer of course for many is Mother Earth, that is to say all things that grow from the soil. You cannot go wrong with Fruit and Vegetables can you? After all we Humans have been eating them since time began, they haven’t changed have they? They wouldn’t let us down would they?       

Well they haven’t in general; although history is full of food shortages such as Wheat and Potatoes to name just two. But in general they have been probably the most reliable form of sustenance for our species and, they just simply keep growing in the same old way as they have always done so, so maybe that is the secret….. To leave them carry on in the same way!

Let’s face it whoever controls the food, controls the world right?

We can do without money if it came down to it, but we cannot survive without food or water, it’s that simple.

With this in mind and knowing how Humans are, is it no surprise that as technology advances, our species have found a way of interfering with this timeless process.

Is it more probable that a few will benefit by supplying the masses with such a conundrum that is GMO?

Or is it the case that a few will actually be benefiting the masses?

What do you think? What is our track record on such issues? Optimist or Skeptic?

GM Crops

“In agriculture, genetically engineered crops are created to possess several desirable traits, such as resistance to pests, herbicides, or harsh environmental conditions, improved product shelf life, increased nutritional value, or production of valuable goods such as drugs (pharming). Since the first commercial cultivation of genetically modified plants in 1996, they have been modified to be tolerant to the herbicides glufosinate and glyphosate, to be resistant to virus damage as in Ringspot virus-resistant GM papaya, grown in Hawaii, and to produce the Bt toxin, an insecticide that is documented as non-toxic to mammals.” (Extract: Wlkipedia)

Well then so far so good, plenty of food to go around, no issues then?

Except the fact that we are meddling in Mother Nature’s Garden, or is it that we are simply helping her on the way?

Or is the real question, exactly who are we? Is the definition, humanity or corporate interest? A lot of questions to ponder

It would be great to think that famine could be whipped out with nothing but our ingenuity and good intent.

But like most things in life, the truth is not that simple.

A global rush is on to patent GMO technology and by far the largest global player is Monsanto.

On May 25th 2013 a coordinated global demonstration was organised against this company.

The issues are far too extensive to cover in a single blog but suffice to say that profit and ecological stability do not always mix well.