labeling for dietary purposes. But you would not know if the bulk of thesefoods, and literally every cell had been genetically altered!In just those three years, as much as 1/4
of all American agricultural lands or70-80 million acres were quickly converted to raise GM crops. Yet in mostother countries, the same approach is subject to moratoriums, partially banned,restricted or requires labeling - and with stiff legal penalties for non-compliance. This refers to laws in Great Britain, France, Germany, theNetherlands, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium,Finland, Ireland, Austria, Portugal - or in virtually all European nations. Thesame trend has further spread to Latin America, the Near East and Asia.By contrast, an unregulated, quiet, and lightning speed expansion has beenspearheaded in the US by a handful of companies in the wake of consolidations. We hear from their sales departments that nothing but positiveresults will follow - and for everyone from farmers to middlemen and theultimate consumers. This "breakthrough" technology will aid the environmentby reducing toxic chemical use, increase food production to stave off worldhunger, and lead to an agricultural boom. In addition it will providenutritionally heightened and much better storing and tasting foods. Finally, allof this is based on nothing but "
" - which in the long run willconvince the wary public that GM foods are either equivalent or better than theordinary.The size of a technology's market penetration - 1/4 of US agriculture - is notnecessarily indicative that the majority of these claims are true. Biotechnologyattempts a deeper "control" over nature. But a powerful temporary control isillusionary. For example, a farmer in Ottawa planted three different kinds of GM canola seeds that came from the three leading producers (Monsanto'sRoundup, Cyanamid's Pursuit, and Aventis' Liberty). At first, he was happy tosee he needed to use less of costly herbicides. But within just three years,"superweeds" had taken in the genes of all three types of plants! This ultimatelyforced him to use not only more herbicides, but far more lethal products.
The central problem underlying all of this technology is not just its short- term benefits and long-term drawbacks, but the overall attempt to "control"living nature based on an erroneous mechanistic view.
" Bioengineering" thus offers a contradiction in terms. "
, whatis not mechanistically predictable or controllable - and "
refers tomaking the blueprints for machines that are predictable - but not alive. They are