by Will Hart
As incredible as it may seem, a new type
of corn (Bt-corn),
actually the combination of a bacteria and normal corn is already in
the fields. Why was a bacteria injected into the genes of corn?
Bacillus thuringiensis helps the
new hybrid ‘planteria’ fight off worms.
Technicians carefully take genetic material from the bacteria, isolate specific parts of its DNA, and insert it into the DNA of corn. Then the desired transformation is achieved in a tissue culture. Technically referred to as transgenetic plants, designer vegetables involve the transfer of DNA from one organism to another.
The hybridization seeks to improve the plant, at least from a human perspective. We are already creating plant-animals.
Why is it then so farfetched to envision
an advanced race - hundreds of millions of years more sophisticated
than we are - genetically engineering life on Earth? In fact, it is
a plausible scenario as Sir Francis Crick showed in his book
Life Itself and this author will
attempt to prove in The Genesis Race series.
Bt-corn is widely grown and as shown
above was engineered to produce its own organic pesticide thereby
rendering the plants poisonous to earworms. Growth hormone has been
isolated in bovine DNA and inserted into pigs to increase their
weight rapidly and to reduce fat. Dolly, the first genetically
cloned sheep, has already paved the way for other biogenetic
experiments with animal cloning.
The small, 10-acre plot has been planted with a test crop, or rather a genetically engineered “pharmacrop”, of corn that has been created to make a human enzyme.
It is hoped that the new hybrid corn will produce lipase, an enzyme used in treating cystic fibrosis.
The article was titled ‘A Cure for the common farm?’ It was published in Mother Jones in April 2003.
However, bizarre and potentially risky
these bio-gen farming experiments are, Genetically Modified Foods
(GMOs) and farming are sources of controversy and bitter debate in
Europe. However, they have not received the press coverage in
America where their presence is much greater.
I want to know exactly how we got here so quickly? I recall the days when horses were harnessed to pull ploughs and manure fertilized fields.
In fact, that form of agriculture was
in Sumer and lasted some 4500 years. What happened since
the 1950s? How did we get here - in the broadest sense from the
wild grasses, the ancestors of modern cereal crops - to these Frankenplants?
However, the history of plant
domestication is fuzzy, full of ‘missing links’ and logical
inconsistencies though the public is given the impression that the
history of agriculture holds no real mysteries.
What the textbooks fail to tell us is that our Stone Age predecessors did not harvest and eat the seeds of wild grasses during their long sojourn through the Paleolithic era. They were hunter-gathers who subsisted on leafy greens and lean muscle meats.
How come they suddenly figured out how to domesticate and turn into major food sources
circa 5,000 BC?
The humble origin of corn remains mysterious because the ancestral wild plant has never been located. It is an established, scientific fact that corn is a cultigen, a plant engineered by humans. This means that it has become so altered by humans that it cannot reproduce naturally and is entirely dependent upon man’s continued cultivation.
In short, it is now a manmade plant and has been for some time. Scientists have not been able to trace the lineage of corn to the ancestral wild plant.
How can this be if the ‘agricultural
revolution’ only occurred 7-8,000 years ago?
Just how ingenious were out Stone Age
predecessors who performed this agronomic feat without any
agricultural or genetic knowledge?
After all we are not birds. In addition,
our Paleolithic ancestors lacked the technology to harvest, thresh,
process and cook wild grass seeds. The seeds of wild species are
miniscule and they are attached to the seed heads making them
difficult to harvest and hardly worth the effort.
After at least 5,000 years of continuous
agriculture we do not seem to have improved upon the first
selections of our ‘scientifically ignorant’ ancestors. That hardly
The differences are so great that most
of the specific ancestral locations of our cereal crops remain a
mystery. We must ponder what this really means. What are the
implications of our scientists not being able to trace the specific
wild ancestors of modern corn, wheat, rye, barely and rice?
There is something out of focus
in the picture we have of the history of civilization on this planet,
how and when agriculture and precision-engineered architecture were
developed and by whom.
The real problem with the orthodox scenario is the lack of a long incubation period during which early humans experimented with selective breeding and with constructing megalithic stone monuments. Agriculture should - and not doubt actually does - extend back tens of thousands of years and not the 9,000 that modern science contends.
The creation of dogs from wild wolves, a
true genetic engineering feat, is proof of this.