Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The 2015 May Miracle for Drought-Stricken California - Another Broken Promise ?

Oh goody we're saved because the Press Reports say so. Okay, well, maybe not!
 There is a Rock n Roll group from the 1980s called Big Country who actually wrote a song, "In A Big Country" that I've always thought would be a classic descriptive theme song for the Southern California plant community. I'm serious, listen to the Song and read the lyrics here >>> (Music Video) "In a Big Country"  The opening lyrics however more accurately describe the period of broken promises of rainfall over the dying chaparral hillsides that have developed since 2010 and which I also have witnessed first hand last Summer 2014 when I came back for a visit. The opening lyrics goes like this:
"I've never seen you look like this
without a reasonAnother promise fallen through,
another season passes by you"
 At the beginning of December 2014 the stories were already flying across social media of a promise of things improving rainy season-wise. However, a few were more cautious and mindful about what was happening. One individual was Paul Kaiser of Singing Frog Farms in Northern California who referenced a 5-6 inches of rain in three days which brought flooding and ruin to many places in his region followed by no rain for close to 5 or 6 weeks. See, that's just not normal. Many try to compare this drought to the middle 1970s and there is no comparison, because at least then you had healthy aquifers and groundwater levels. Those things are mostly absent this time around.

Earlier this year I was watching a news report video online of heavy rain that hit Lindbergh Field [San Diego's Airport] received 1.84 inches of rain. As usual, most of the reporters from various news groups sent their crews down to Mission Valley to do the Nightly News Report of the late Spring rainfall storm which caused flooding on any number of roads which cross the San Diego River. Seriously, Mission Valley ? In the days before the city's modern infrastructure of concrete, asphalt and roofs, such flooding in Mission Valley would have never have occurred after an average spitting rain storm. Why ? Because the flooding today is nothing more than surface runoff. In the old days the heavy vegetation on the hillsides and Mountains would have allowed such pitiful small totals to percolate as opposed to runoff and flood as they do presently. Traditionally the Lindbergh Field rain total on that day in May 2015 would be a freak anomaly for sure. Historically, such rainy season storms in San Diego only dump an average of say 0.30 hundredths of an inch in contrast with places like Palomar Mountain receiving something like 7 or 8 inches of rain on average from my memory. Oddly enough however, that same May 2015 storm that which supposedly dumped 1.84 inches of rain at Lindbergh Field also tinkled 1.48 on Palomar. That's hardly normal, but that doesn't seem to interest the Press.

Then there were all those other photos and videos showing the folks, "Hey goody, it's snowing in California Mountains, Hurray things are improving after all!!!" Not so fast, most pictures I saw showed nothing more than a mere dusting of snow. Hardly a snowpack build up. Frankly, this year's rainy season has been another joke in California, but the officials were trying to put a pretty face on it. Anyone with half a brain and an understanding of the historical weather patterns from this region over the decades would understand that the last few months of this season have been no different than the past four years. Like all the other years of drought, long hot days have characterized the lull in between storms. All a person has to do on their own is check the recorded temperatures for the area which were often warm or hot. Storm totals themselves in all geographical locations have also not been consistent with past storm precipitation coverage. Ultimately, no amount of storm total has provided any type of reasonable percolation to what is needed for restoring and satisfying the traditional requirements of subsoil moisture levels for sustaining even the native chaparral plant community. The talk of El Nino saving the day rings hollow. Any positive slant from the Press coverage is for effect anyway, which by rule doesn't necessarily have to deal with the truth of a matter, just sensationalism for ratings which in itself offers more money from advertising. The reality on the ground there in Southern California is that things are going down hill, but especially in the wild. People within the cities are simply letting their landscapes die off because the water provided, while it's still available, is just too outrageously expensive to maintain the landscape. In the back country mountains of Southern California last year, I saw scenes of dying pinyons and junipers I had only ever seen in photos of New Mexico & Arizona.

Credit: U.S. Geological Survey: Craig D. Allen

"These photos show the kind of massive forest die-off that is projected to occur more frequently in the Southwest. Piñon pines, normally evergreen, have reddish-brown foliage in October 2002 (left). By May 2004 (right), the dead piñon pines have lost all their needles, exposing gray trunks and branches. The photos were taken from the same vantage point near Los Alamos, N.M. Forest drought stress is strongly correlated with tree mortality from poor growth, bark beetle outbreaks, and high-severity fire."
And so what are the present state of affairs now for all life in  Southern California at present ? Prolonged record Heat Waves and Wildfires seem to be the new normal as they say. There is really not much more for me to say or explain as folks anywhere can simply watch the Nightly News Reports and verify for themselves what is happening throughout the west and all the way up north to Alaska and the Arctic. Here below are a collection of the popular wildfire headlines making all the global news reporting.

Wildfire on the East Fork of the Bitterroot River on the Sula Complex in the Bitterroot National Forest in Montana

"In a big country, dreams
stay with you
Like a lover's voice
fires the mountainside
Stay Alive!"

Keep Yourself Updated on Wildfires 2015 "Incident Information System" 
2015 Google - California Fire Map"Canadian Wildfires Produce River of Smoke"

Washington Post: "Over 300 wildfires are burning in Alaska right now. That’s an even bigger problem than it sounds" 
The subject of almost 400 fires in Alaska is a topic all it's own. The acreage burn has reach over 1.7 million acres of land area. That is mind boggling when you consider that most of the Press coverage on the spectacular fires in and around city urban areas within California have often reach over 200,000 which is considered huge. But Alaska is up there in the Arctic reaches. It's not supposed to be in the 80+ temperature region. In May it was warmer there than many places in Arizona. Most fires up there are not even being fought as there are no resources and manpower. What effect does all that release of massive amounts of CO2 from burning tundra have on climate up there ? What will the black soot have on the ice packs up there ? Again, more and more questions that have no real answers.
But wait a minute, what about 2015 Monsoon Season to the Rescue ??? Or maybe not!

This first map is for the 24 hour period that ended
at 6 a.m. MT on June 30
Lightning as opposed to rain has been hammering parts of California, Utah, Idaho, Arizona, Wyoming, and Nevada during the last two days, especially on Tuesday and Tuesday night. The maps below show the strikes that were detected as well as the approximate amount of precipitation that came along with the storms. The black areas indicate no rain, while red means there was less than 0.08 inch. The first map above is for the 24 hour period that ended at 6 a.m. MT on June 30. The second map below is for the 24 hour period that ended at 6 a.m. MT on July 1. Spooky, very spooky. Monsoon season is starting out as more of a curse than blessing. - Courtesy Bill Gabbert
This second map is for the 24 hour period that ended
at 6 a.m. MT on July 1

Navajo People . org
Most Californians are oblivious and a bit ignorant as to  the actual scientific factors of what's going on. The News Media doesn't really help either. Everybody wants to imagine it's all some kind of temporary weather phenomena or anomaly that will eventually self-correct. Even many who do believe in climate shift or disruption. Most people are interested in preserving an accustomed standard of lifestyle, whether or not their favourite sports team wins next years finals. Looking beyond next weekend's partying adventure is about as far sighted as most are willing to look into the future. As long as water flows from the tap, they are mostly unconcerned about where it originates from. Even the politicians know what keeps them in power and that is the economy. Even when they often claim to be on the environmental side of things, not one of them is going to sacrifice their political career by sacrificing the economy for ecology. So don't look for any real improvement any time soon. In the historical past there were always little blips of what would happen when human civilization mismanages the landscaped vegetative environment around them. Aztecs, Romans, Easter Islanders, Anasazi, etc, etc, etc. Droughts eventually took a toll on their economies, but at least then it was a localized regional phenomena. Now it's global and there is not a hiding place on Earth that isn't effected. There are no viable solutions for reversing things and even many of the sciencey types who insist that science will just find a way, will often conveniently push to the back of their minds that it was originally the misuse and abuse of science that got us where we are in the first place. No amount of specialized eco-activism of pushing and pressuring politicians for more laws and regulations are going to make a difference. Laws, Rules and more regulations are nothing more than further opportunities for companies to break laws or finding and using loopholes in in the regulations. This unfortunately is a domino effect that cannot be reversed. I appreciate no one wants to hear that, but ask yourself, why do you still support a system of governance that allows such a global degradation to continue ? 

Suburbia Collapse -

"I thought that pain and truth
  were things that really mattered
  But you can't stay here with every
  single hope you had shattered"
Significant Wildland Fire Potential Outlook  for July & August 2015

Significant Wildland Fire Potential Outlook for September & October 2015

This year's (2015) visit in September to Southern California should be interesting for San Diego & Riverside Counties. It was last year when we were greeted by wildfire

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Genetically Modified Information: Spending Million$ to Pimp a Business Monopoly

More money now is being spent to inform the public about how anti-science they are for rejecting GMOs and how they don't care about people in poor countries. It's pathetic and disgusting the lengths the proponents of giant corrupt corporations will go to for  helping pimp a food monopoly obsessed business model. Think of what could be done to improve real holistic sustainable farming technology and practices with those million$ as opposed to an Amoral obsession with acquiring a global food monopoly. Here is the latest News in the GMO Wars:
image by Jordan Ross
The misinformation and propaganda wars are just mushrooming all over the place. One of the latest examples of manipulating the truth is coming from an young aspiring sciencey type who finds it a secular Sin to criticize anything considered Science. [well, certain science] Let me clarify, anything that comes from corporate industrial science appears to get a passing grade as far as what get's labeled "Real Science". He has a website and is pleading and begging for people to send him money so he can finish his film documentary. He has a short trailer which almost from the start misrepresents the so-called *cough-cough* settled consensus science on genetic engineering. Take a very close look below.
Genetically Modified Information: "A Science Based GMO Film"

Wikipedia for Schools: Soda Pop Isle
In the film video's trailer as time mark 0:14 he flashes an image which he took off the Wikipedia for Schools page to highlight some of the wonderful GMO products that are already in out there in the supermarkets and informs us that the public already consumes these GMO products with *cough-cough* no ill effects. Unbelievable! Although I must say, the fact that he actually highlighted this junk in the photograph above, is just about the ONLY admittedly honest thing he did in his in this Film Trailer. But seriously, he is correct that these junk products are made of gmo ingredients and on that fact nobody will dispute. There is of course a U.S. Government mandate on so much production of "High Fructose Corn Syrup" [you know, that name with the bad reputation that they are trying to hide by changing the name to something else ?]. And why "High Fructose Corn Syrup" ? Because it makes substandard low grade quality ingredients for the manufacture of Junk Foods which would normally taste like cardboard actually taste great aside from the fact that from a business repeat sales perspective it's also addictive which causes craving for more consumption which translates into repeat sales which is good for business. Then he pans to this image below.

Photo by Lyza uploaded onto Wikipedia - Supermarkets
At time point 0:17 this image from Wikipedia flashes up on the trailer video illustrating and highlighting all of the Junk food processed products which generally do have some sort of GMO ingredients. If you go over to the Wikipedia page, you can click and magnify from their link all the Junk Foods which contain the gmo garbage ingredients. You know, brands like Gerbers, Dorritos, and all other major well known junk food brand labels which dominate the American food markets today. Now, oddly enough, he didn't reference anything like this image below when highlighting foods. You know, when you walk into any supermarket, you are normally directed to the beautifully presented produce section before venturing elsewhere ?

Wholefoods Produce Display
I was actually surprised that the produce section wasn't shown, but maybe I shouldn't have been. There are only a couple items of import to take note of like gmo Sweet Corn and maybe some Crooked Neck Yellow and Zucchini Squash. But mostly they have yet to infect their wares in most produce sections. It's a different story however in the dirt poor countries, where Eggplant, Bananas, etc are being sold and promoted to overpopulated 3rd world countries. But you know they are just waiting. The main targets of Biotechs across the globe are the grain type commodities crops. These can be easily stored for a very long time periods without spoilage and sold across the globe as needed or as prices are manipulated by Wall Street Commodity Broker game playing. You just can't play those games with fresh produce.

Jordan's next stunt on the trailer was to show the Seralini Study Rats and explain how anti-gmo people unnecessarily torture rats and mice with long term testing which he insists is not at all necessary. Seriously, the entire global world of Science unnecessarily subjects rats and mice to needless experiments for whatever purpose, so no one anywhere is a shining example of light when to comes to that point, even biotechnology corporations. We should also remember that GMO testing by law doesn't need to go through the same long time studies to reveal long term health effects like other food additives. So, real human beings consuming their Junk Foods are their version long term health studies. The attempt was lame and adolescent, but then look at where the source is coming from, an individual with inexperience of youth. Now on his website, he claims to be taking his documentary to another level to be different than those other documentaries which only focus on the USA. His main target of course is the plight of the poor starving people around the world whom he insists will benefit from his beloved GMOs. He gives the example of Kenya and other places in Africa where GMO Maize/Corn has now being genetically engineered and manipulated to withstand heat and drought. Also, these GMOs will ward of viruses and diseases on plant roots. This still remains one of the most bogus promotional schemes out there for making Corn drought resistant. Remember the Mycorrhizae ?

University of Florida, Drought Stress Study with Mycorrhizal Fungi on Corn Roots

Let's do a little discussion and comparison here on how Nature has been doing drought resistance in most all plants on Earth for countless thousands of years. One of the things Jordan Ross said is that his documentary was going to highlight the how and why GMOs are Science-Based. Thus far in the trailer, other than the usual definition shell games and usual truth manipulation we are usually force fed by the Biotech shills out on the internet, there is as yet any real clean beneficial science to be discussed. So let's take up his claim of drought resistance in Maize being genetically modified for Kenya since that was going to be one of his main science based talking points he was going to focus upon in his video. For the sake of illustration, let's say these pine seedlings to the right are actually Maize or Corn seedlings just emerging from the soil. Now, the seedling on the left which has had the fungi digitally removed from the photo which shows only three main roots is actually illustrative of that conventionally grown so-called drought resistant GMO Corn which is also engineered to manufacture toxins, pesticide spraying resistance and greatly dependent upon the conventional synthetic chemical fertilizers for food. In fact with such a limited root absorption structure underground, the high potency percentage of any fertilizer is a  must because this is mostly a numbers game. Those GMO roots will only absorb around 20% of those synthetic chemicals as opposed to 80% mycorrhizal absorbing root system of a mycorrhizal plant which would only require a tiny fraction of the fertility of the conventional plant. Now remember, those chemicals have to end up somewhere and that place is generally leaching into the water table of as runoff into stream, rivers lakes, oceans etc to create vast areas of dead zones. The seedling on the right is representative of a Non-GMO Corn seedling, but instead as you can see is colonized with Mycorrhizal fungi. Notice the vast differences in root absorption area ? Now the fungi on the right side in this illustration is not the usual VAM which does colonize crop plants, but instead is Ecto-mycorrhizae which colonizes pine roots, but for the sake of illustration we are able to see this fungi on the root system and what it is capable of accomplishing. Now this VAM Fungi provides a number of things. It will give conventional heirloom variety Corn a 200% increase in water and nutrient uptake as compared to the GMO bare root variety. Those fungal mycelium strands can be considered a huge extension of the corn root's absorption area which goes well beyond the plant in search of raw materials to cycle back to the plant host. Hence with the GMO program where there are no such tools from Nature's tool-kit and it's advantages missing, an excessive amount of chemical fertilizers are necessary to assure that at least 20% of those chemicals will feed the GMO plant. With the superior mycorrhizal root system there is normally an uptake 80% of the nutrients with far far less application of fertilizers needed. That hurts the industrial business model tremendously. So with the conventional GMO Corn, they have to play a numbers game. Dump a high volume of fertilizer and hope that at least 20% of that rich concentration will suck in somewhere and feed the corn plant. The GMO plant does NOT have the same root absorption capacity as the mycorrhizal corn root plants, so more pounds per acre of fertilizer are required.

Image: Mycorrhizal Applications Inc
It's basically an element of luck that at least GMOs might suck up 20% of that large application amount, with the rest either infiltrating into the soil and leaching into the water table or being lost through runoff into streams, rivers, lakes etc only to pollute and contaminate aquatic systems which in turn cause an explosion of Algal blooms which depletes the water of oxygen which in turn kills fish and other beneficial creatures in the aquatic environment. The mycorrhizal fungi also have the advantage of manufacturing a natural anti-biotics for it's host's root system. Protecting and providing for the host not only benefits the host, but also acts like an insurance policy for the Fungi's own home and meal ticket. Amazingly, Mike Amaranthus' product MycoApply which was used in two potato studies, used 30 lbs of Phosphate per acre as opposed to the normal conventional industrial application requiring 130 lbs per acre and even got a 15% yield increase over the conventional farmed potato testing. The photo above is the comparison of the non-gmo Corn mycorrhizal colonized root system as compared to the conventional Industrial farmed Corn as advocated by Industrial Biotechs. Irrespective of the brand name or company who farms the mycorrhizal fungal spores, the results are the same. There is also something else serious to consider here.

Image: United Nations
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization came out with a far sighted prediction of increased usage of Synthetic Fertilizers by 2018. An incredible 200 million tonnes of chemical fertilizers are expected to be dumped on the Earth by Farmers at that time. This photo to the right is the FAO's distributing seeds and fertilizer in Pakistan's Khyber district after the massive flooding which took place in 2010. But globally, industrial nations are presently land grabbing for their own needs at home for farmed goods as industrial growth has mostly swallowed their country's own valuable farmland over these past decades. There have been 100s of 1000s of people in these poorer countries who are being displaced because of the needs of industrial nations. This isn't even hit upon in the video. But let's get back to global increase of Synthetic Fertilizers, 200 million tonnes was it ? What if the holistic approach was used instead. What would happen if the world practiced what was done in those university experimental potato study stats for other crops as well ? Would this not chip away at the massive amounts of synthetic fertilizers required by the industrial Agrochemical business model ? Remember, instead of 130 lbs per acre, only 30 lbs per acre were needed and yields were higher ? Let's say that under this practice we only needed 20% of that 200 tonnes of synthetic chemical fertilizers in 2018. Can you understand the vicious hatred and reason for attacks by Agrochemical companies against a holistic approach of utilizing true biomimetics in agricultural practices ? Can you see what this would do to the Industrial Ag business model ? And I haven't even touched on the fact that mycorrhizal crops out compete weeds for phosphorus which would negate much of the herbicides needed to kill weeds. Weeds need phosphorus. Conventional Farming provides a rich unnatural habitat for most all ruderals [Weeds] to actually thrive and explode populations-wise. Hence the only answer we are given is, chemicals to kill unwated plants, even though lousy practices have caused this increase in the first place. I mean the Agrochemical companies just can't lose. So question, why isn't this type of science-based practice acceptable to the world of industrial agriculture when it makes so much logical ecological sense ? The problem is economic, not ecological.
United Nations: "Fertilizer Use to Surpass 200 Million Tonnes in 2018"

Image: Jordan Ross
The GMO film documentary creator  who is producing this GMO new film says all he wants to do is provide a science-based explanation of why GMOs are superior and user friendly to farmers down in third world poorer countries. But why this particular science ? What's wrong with the science of Mike Amaranthus, Dr Donald Marx and Dr Paul Stamets who are all mycologists who pioneered this field back in the 1960s, 70s and 80s ? What evidence does he have that their methods are not science-based ? What proof does he have that such Mycology science-based agriculture is inferior to his favourite version of science-based synthetics ? I didn't make this stuff up folks, I write about the use of Mycorrhizal Fungi in forestry, Agriculture and Landscaping [although I've practiced the basic fundamentals and principles for over two decades], those people and others like Tom Volk  discovered and wrote about it in numerous scientific research papers years before Jordan Ross took his first breath of life. The GMO seeds are also more costly to ALL Farmers at $150 per bag with non GMO seed at a rate of $50 to $65 a bag. How is this an advantage for dirt poor farmers in third world countries who would have to pay almost double for such seed along with the expensive synthetics they are engineered to work in conjunction with, which ultimately are inferior to the traditional seed and biomimetic farm practices with higher yields ? And how about the end consumer, you now, those poor people who need to be fed ? In the majority of those dirt poor countries people make a wage of $1 to $3 a day and almost all of that goes towards food purchasing. Those people don't have home mortgages, car payments, etc. Most industrial nation people are totally out of touch with the reality of life in poor third world countries. These people who been hard pressed to purchase this more expensive food which farmers would have to pass on the costs, but hey, some commodities broker and GMO Biotech companies would still make out like bandits. 

The other argument is that the world needs to feed millions and only GMO crops can help third world farmers. Poor country farmers cannot afford more expensive seeds and all the chemicals that need to be used with them. As I mentioned the prices would also be higher for the end user or consumer as well because most poorer people. How would they really be helped when paying for more expensive produce ? So what strategy would they use to get the poor farmers of Africa to accept their expensive seed and chemicals ? Apparently, if you've watched the latest News on this, these Biotechs are cleverly giving away free seeds, free gmo trees, etc etc etc. They are using the same identical tactics and stunts most any street corner drug dealers use on the unwary and ignorant in poor neighbourhoods in the industrial Nations. Like the pushers passing out the free samples at the Elementary School to the inexperienced, illiterate, and ignorant in hopes of a future clientele, so it is with the industrial biotechs who hope the results would be that these poorer uneducated often times illiterate farmers will believe that the Biotechs have their best interests at heart. There's even a historical precedent to this practice. Great Britain did this during the time of the Opium Wars in China. They farmed and manufactured opium poppies in what is now India and Pakistan and gave out loads of free samples to the public in cities like Hong Kong, Shanghai etc. Once the public became addicted, a market was created and Great Britain could save their gold and Silver and trade Opium for Chinese goods to be sold back in Europe and other global markets. That's what world power means. The film's argument is that our increasing world population needs crops that produce higher yields. That's baloney. This world has often had problems with an over abundance many many times over and the problem has been storage, transportation and other infrastructure issues. All my life I grew up around farming in Imperial Valley, Coachella Valley, Central Valley and other regions of the southwestern United States. Often times you could see farmers dumping truckloads of potatoes, Onions, carrots and even melons back into fields with the drivers given strict instructions to run their vehicles back and forth over the produce to ruin it so that no one could glean from the fields. It was a price issue, there was no money for the farmer if they sold it and also at a loss even if they did. You see, unlikely GMOs, farm produce isn't subsidized by the USA Government, only commodity product grains. If grains over produce, their is generally a safety net for those farmers should they take a fall. Take the examples below.   

Image: Ralston Iowa - New York Times (2005)

New York Times: "Mountains of Corn and a Sea of Farm Subsidies"
This scene above was common back when I visited family regularly in Iowa back in the 70s, 80s when Corn Farmers had bumper crops and nowhere to store them. Mountain after Mountain of Corn was piled up alongside overflowing Grain Elevators next to railroad sidings in small towns. 
 No problem though, taxpayer funded farm subsidies pay the farmer anyways. And seriously folks, this over production has existed long before the precious GMO Monopoly took over, but the average person who sadly is often nothing more than a Lemming who has been conditioned to accept everything that spews from the authority's mouth generally have short memories when it comes to this kind of stuff. What happens to much of that corn if it rains or snows ? Generally it's ruined and not even fit for livestock feed if it molds or other types of debilitating pathogens ruin it's quality. In fact feeding it can be outright dangerous to livestock. Never the less, we are force fed that the world of agriculture has yield problems for which only GMOs can fix. This is bogus propaganda people.

Image: Michigan - Off the Grid News

US Government Orders Farmers To Destroy 30 Million Pounds Of Their Own Crop

The quotes from the article below are self-explanatory. I don't need to comment any further.
"In one of the worst examples of government regulation and intrusion, the US government ordered Michigan cherry farmers to literally dump 30 million pounds of cherries on the ground. Even worse, many cherry farmers are being driven out of business because of the outrageous rules."
“The food pantry shelves are bare, people going hungry, and here we are dumping millions of pounds of cherries on the ground,” Michigan cherry grower Rob Manigold said of the 2009 incident. That was the same year farmer Leonard Ligon dumped 72,000 pounds of tart cherries along a road outside Traverse City, Michigan, to protest US Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations on his state’s cherries.

(Reuters/Francisco Bonilla)

Mexican farmers are trucking produce into an Arizona town—where tons of it gets thrown into landfills

"Nogales, Arizona, is the largest inland food port in the world. Much of the fresh produce trucked up the “food superhighway” of Mexico’s west coast comes through there—and a shocking amount of it doesn’t travel much farther, dropping into local landfills instead of being sent to consumers."
“If the Florida tomato prices drop on a certain day,” Nabhan narrates, “120,000 pounds [of tomatoes] might be thrown into a landfill” in Nogales, while much smaller quantities might end up in food banks or in livestock feed.
Check out this video which is 8 minutes in length and view the crisis of distributing an overflowing abundance of food. This is not about yield problems. That would be a lie. Notice also the quote below the link: 
Vimeo: "Man In The Maze" | Sundance Short Film Challenge

“Man in the Maze,” embedded above, won the Bill and Melinda Gates-sponsored Sundance Institute Short Film Challenge in 2015.

Seriously, if Bill Gates who invests heavily in Monsanto and other Biotechs and is continually pimping only GMOs will give us the higher yields to feed the people, if he gave this Sundance Institute a film award about high yield waste problems, then he also understands that he is not telling the truth about so-called challenges to the global food supply. He continually talks about the challenges of higher yields and yet lo and behold now we all know better. This has always been about a big industrial food monopoly, obscene wealth and the power that goes with it. 
Now below is another documentary film Trailer called "Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story" in which "The Clean Bin Project", Jen Rustemeyer and Grant Baldwin attempted to produce zero waste in an examination of our throw-away society. As a followup, they turn their eye to food waste from farm to fridge. They vow to stop buying groceries and for six months to survive exclusively on discarded food. The myths behind corporate food production and marketing make for easy pickings as the directors dismantle best-before dates and show how our idea of "perfect produce" encourages us to discard perfectly edible and nutritious food—collateral damage in an age of food security headlines. Living off rescued goods their stockpile of found food demonstrates how the supply and demand chain is out of sync. It becomes immediately apparent this is a widespread problem with simple solutions. 

The planet doesn't have a crop yield problem folks, it's a corporate obsession with a global  food monopoly and any means of manipulating the truth to obtain that goal. Don't be Lemmings following the crowd. 

"All we want to do is feed the world" Robb Fraley

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Replicating Designs found in Nature (Biomimetics) should be what defines the Biotech Industry

Unfortunately, recent News from the Biotech Industry itself says that we live in a world without purpose, therefore GMOs are necessary. Seriously folks, this is exactly what motivates & justifies their actions
I wasn't going to make anymore mention on this topic, but I had this draft post for some time now and haven't done anything with it. However, with the recent revelation from the Biotech Industry that our natural world has no purpose and the collective intellect of Geneticists & Biologists employed by the Biotech Industry know how to correct this problem, well, who could resist. I've changed the title because some fascinating things have been discovered in the natural world that have important practical application in maintaining the Earth can be made and helping serve mankind in general. However, often times the only roadblock in such wonderful amazing discoveries is reasoning like this, "Yeah, sounds great. But can we make money with it ?" What I'll do is highlight two of the most spectacular biomimicry news reports lately out of the 100s which seem to be coming through the science news feeds lately and make comparison to what else is needed with regards balancing many of Earth's ecosystems. Keep in mind, there is no one fix-it-pill cure all for what ails our planet.
Opossum-Based Antidote Provides New Route For Treating Deadly Snake Bites
"Researchers from San Jose State University recently presented the findings of a new study at the 249th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, in Denver. Lead investigator Dr. Claire Komives explained the initial research into the opossum’s immunity was done in the 1940s, but since then the data has remained mostly stagnant. With new evidence that a certain peptide can be utilized in an antidote, fatal snake bites could one day be a thing of the past."

Im-possum-ble! (Credit: Thinkstock)

Previously last year, I reported on the research work done by the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies who found that Opossums are quite literally tick magnetics. Of what importance is this ? Opossums are meticulous in keeping themselves clean, despite their notorious habit of digging in rubbish bins for food. Sadly their other claim to fame is often roadkill. But the researchers found that because of both being a magnet for ticks and their fanatic hygiene grooming allows for a  large part of their diet to include eating ticks as this was discovered in their feces. This revealed an extremely important reason for their purpose within any ecosystem. Now it appears that Opossums are a super source of antivenom: Medical Daily reported that “Opossum-based antidote to venom from snake bites could save thousands of lives.” Sure enough, it does appear that the opossums are immune to some forms of snake venom. They make a peptide that binds to the venom protein, rendering it harmless. This could lead to antivenoms that are easier to produce and have no side effects. Dr Claire Komives said that the Mice she injected with the peptide showed no signs of being sick. Below is a 17 minute video of a conference earlier this month in Colorado with the American Chemical Society. I'll let her talk more on what they have found, but I'll have a further comment about the usual critics who no doubt are jealous of both the discovery and results. 
Video: "Opossum-based antidote to poisonous snake bites could save thousands of lives"

Common weed (Cattails - Typha dmingensis) revealed to diminish water pollution
"Francisco Delgado Vargas, from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS), researches the use of the plant Typha domingensis in reducing bacterial contamination of water for agricultural use. This plant helps to reduce up to 98 percent of pollution by enterobacteria (usually found in the intestines of mammals) involved in the development of disease."
Cattail, Bulrush, Corn Dog Grass, Cumbungi (Typha domingensis)

image: Gerry Ellis
This report revealed that a common weed that most people globally are very familiar with can reduce water pollution. The plant, which they mistakenly are labeling a weed is the common Cattail or Bulrush or Typha domingensis which already grows in polluted waterways.  “This plant helps to reduce up to 98 percent of pollution by enterobacteria (usually found in the intestines of mammals) involved in the development of disease,” the Mexican researcher found. No doubt somewhere out there, we have other so-called weeds we should learn to love not only for their uniqueness when under control, but the beneficial roles they play in nature. Of course we are also aware that under the right circumstances, this plant can become weedy and choke vast waterways, but this is mostly due to human caused pollution which creates excessive nutrients for which the plant responds by excessive multiplying. While they are great at removing nutrients, there must also be strategies for removal as a means of harvesting the biomass for other intended purposes. Here are a couple more quick paragraphs from the article.
"Vargas Delgado indicates that mankind has an impact on the drains, "most pollution comes from fecal waste; this indicates that there is other bacteria that can affect health." He adds that Typha domingensis is considered a pest in the drains, and is therefore removed; however, proper management helps the ecosystem. "We are invading the places where these plants develop, removing them, and don't see the great ecological benefits that they provide." 
"Properly designing drains so that there is space for plants to help reduce pollution without affecting the free flow of water would allow the agricultural drains to play their role in the evacuation of excess water from the mainland and also lessen the impact of pollutants that are thrown into these channels.

Dwarf Cattail (Typha minima)
Most people are probably unaware that there is a cute mini-variety of Cattail which can be used for small ponds in your urban landscape to keep was nutrients in check. Aside from the fact that unlike it's large standard relative, it won't invade and overwhelm the pond. This Dwarf cattail [Typha minima] - (also miniature cattail or least cattail) is native to marshes and wetlands here in Europe and Asia. So great for colder climates. As with most all cattails, their root tubers over winter very well. This is the smallest of the cattails, typically growing to only 18” to 24” tall. Its dwarf size makes it an ideal marginal aquatic perennial for smaller water gardens, natural swimming pools and tubs. It features narrow, upright, grass-like, linear, mostly basal, green leaves and a stiff, unbranched central flower stalk. You know, so much biodiversity has been lost where large animals are concerned. I am continually pondering over and over in my mind just what has been lost from a vegetation maintenance perspective where large herbivores have been removed from certain ecosystems, just what the impact has been on overgrowth of many plants, especially aquatic environments. What was lost by the removal of the Grizzly and other bears, not only as far as a chaparral scenario, but also an aquatic one. Bears love the Cattail tubers, which as also edible for human consumption. But as many studies warn, stay away from the polluted environments when harvesting.

image: Robert Weselmann

These are just two excellent examples of where biomimetics not only promise to improve human life and health, but also improve biology around the Earth overall. The inspiration for biomimicry requires focusing on the plants and animals to understand them better even when some may often viewed in a negative light. That almost guarantees vast improvement with science education, updated & improved textbooks, and inspiring a new generation to enter biology. On the other hand, the present biotechnology needs a massive overhaul and clearly there should be laws or rules on the books requiring the employment of several full time staffed bioethicists in each Industrial Biotech company. Below are just a couple of examples of things probably most people do not know have happened in the past with GMO experiments or have been forgotten with these horrible biotech failures [which thankfully did not hit the markets] and one wonders, how many other things haven't even seen the light of day ?
The earliest known public GMO which turned out to be more of a bio-hazard was unleashed on mankind around 1990. A Japanese Biotech company named Showa Denko genetically engineered an amino acid Tryptophan which is used as a food supplement. The process of using GMO technology was to cut corners and time on the fermentation process. This product was actually placed on the market in the late 80's, and within three months, 37 people died and 1500 were permanently disabled from using this product. A Lawyer named William E Crist took up the cause of investigation. Another Lawyer is Steven Druker has also written about this incident in history. Recently there was an GMO proponent named Wes Neilson of Onalaska Washington whom I had a discussion with on this very thing. He demanded that lawyers were inadequate to test safety and that only molecular biologists were qualified to examine possible problems. Here are his exact recorded words on the Missouri Organic Association's page:
"Wouldn't a molecular biologist have provided far more insight into GMO crops than a lawyer like Steven Druker who has no scientific background?"

Well, there is a huge hole in Mr Nielson's religious belief on this. The Geneticists and Biologists at Showa Denko deliberately destroyed any and all evidence that could have been used to determine scientifically the actual cause of the problem. They destroyed the genetically engineered bacterial stock samples, along with any potentially surviving specks that investigators might have recovered from the walls or on the equipment in their facilities. Clearly these molecular biologists and geneticists were less than honest. I don't have any doubts that they also may have been ordered to destroy such materials by their superiors at the Biotech Lab. I once wrote a piece of how important such negative data and research which generally never sees the light of day, could in fact be beneficial to other researchers so as not to make the same mistakes. But lo and behold there was more to this story. They concocted and fabricated some ridiculous story of the hazard being nothing more than a bad filtration problem with their new coal filters. However, the attorney William Crist actually demonstrated that this argument was totally false, because he found that hundreds of cases of eosonophil myalgia syndrome (EMS) occurred before reduced filtration was introduced. See here, it took an actual Attorney and not a Biotech Micobiologist or Geneticist to uncover the truth. And the so-called scientific consensus experts and Media wonder why people don't have faith in science [or rather their version of it]. So much for science being self-correcting. Clearly what goes on is not so much a correction as it is a cover up. That's all I'll say on this, but this is not a remote unique example of lab experiments gone wrong with Biotechnology and I'll post some more links at the bottom of this article.

There have been other incidents of gmo experiments gone terribly wrong, but fortunately these as far as we know of never saw the light of day in that they were mass produced and sold to the public. There was a past decade long genetic engineering project for developing a superior Pea with a transgene that would produce a toxin that would kill a common Weevil (Bruchus pisorum) pest in peas. This was a decade long project which revealed the same exact dangerous trend as the L-tryptophan fermenting process with the GM Bacteria by Showa Denko. However, this experiment with the peas and the transgene insertion was abandoned after tests showed it caused an allergic reaction in mice which also caused lung damage. Like other tests and studies done with experiments in toxicity of a certain protein extract from say, Organism A [in this case a bean], it had zero toxic effect on mice or humans. However, once this same protein producing gene is expressed within the context of Organism B [the Pea], it had just the opposite effect. In fact there were structural changes within the protein which did indeed cause certain allergic reactions. The informational content of this protein producing gene didn't jive well within the entirely different context of it's new host, the lowly Pea.
"The researchers - at Australia's national research organisation, CSIRO - took the gene for a protein capable of killing pea weevil pests from the common bean and transferred it into the pea. When extracted from the bean, this protein does not cause an allergic reaction in mice or people." 
 "But the team found that when the protein is expressed in the pea, its structure is subtly different to the original in the bean. They think this structural change could be to blame for the unexpected immune effects seen in mice."
Then there is also the case of Dr Árpád Pusztai, a Hungarian-born biochemist and nutritionist who spent 36 years at the Rowett Research Institute in Aberdeen, Scotland, who bucked the Scientific Religious Orthodoxy and came out against GMO Potatoes as a result of his own developmental research on them. He discovered through identical experimentation that when he isolated the prtein lectin from the Snow Drop which was to kill Aphids on potatoes, that no harm at all came from animals eating the purer natural form of the toxin. However, once inserted into the potato's genetic informational context, structural changes clearly took place within the gene's newer genetic context. For revealing his team's findings and exposing the flaws of the technology, he was fired and black balled from working anywhere else. Some of his research team members were likewise treated the same. But there was one statement in the Guardian's interview with him that stands out identical to the two statements in the other pea study I quoted above:
"The results that Pusztai had hinted at in his interview were a comparison of rats fed ordinary potatoes and potatoes that had been genetically modified with a lectin from snowdrops. The rats on the GM diet grew less well and had immune problems even though the lectin itself caused no adverse effects at high concentrations. His conclusion was that the GM process had somehow made the potatoes less nutritious. The GM potatoes were not a commercial variety and were never intended for human consumption, but the lectin modification - which made them poisonous to insects - was an experimental model for other GM varieties."
(Source: The Guardian)

Clearly, the informational content of the Lectin producing gene of the Snowdrop was expressed entirely different within the context of the information contained within the potato. What many geneticists are discovering is that much of the non-coding genes within DNA which do not contain known instructions for the manufacturing of a specific protein, do however contain blueprinted instructions for guidance, regulation and purpose for which that protein under any certain specific situation or circumstances are to be used and directed. What apparently happens is that certain genetic switches are either turned on or off by the mere simple act of inserting the new gene. The trouble is knowing what those other genes are, what their switches turned on or off, do or don't do. The new field of Genetics, called Epigenetics, is revealing how far more complex DNA of living organisms really are. But Scientific discovery and moving forward in the field of genetics has been horribly held back because a handful of religiously driven ideologues within the prevailing scientific orthodoxy have in the past insisted that this non-coding DNA must be labeled Junk DNA for no other reason than because these geneticists decades ago found no function or purpose for it's existence within DNA. For no other reason than their own human ignorance and personal arrogance in admitting publicly that they had no clue as to what exactly that function was, instead gave the label Junk DNA and was supposed to be proof positive of being worthless evolutionary holdover from times past. Hence, one wonders how such religiously driven dogma has actually hindered rather than helped the Biotech industry who have used this as an excuse for taking shortcuts in the production, manufacture, patenting, packaging and labeling of a product to be sold on the global market as quickly as possible. There was another interesting quote at the end of that article. It was from Greenpeace Australia's campaigner on genetic engineering, Jeremy Tager. He said:

"It is rare for an investigation of the potential health effects of a GM product to be published in a peer-reviewed journal, he adds. "If it had been a private company doing this, it might never have seen the light of day"

Jeremy is absolutely correct. Had this Pea Research been some internal study & experiment conducted inside of a Monsanto, Bayer or a Syrgenta Lab, as opposed to a publicly funded organization like Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), none of the paperwork and other research papers would have ever seen the light of day. None of us would have known about the failures of such a technology and it's unintended consequences or inconvenient truth for that matter. This is not Biomimetics which replicates nature based on an actual understanding of knowledge based on facts of how nature operates by means of observation. This is Sci-Fi stuff based on a flawed blind faith religious beliefs that Biological information within DNA is not really true information as understood by humans. Now, how does that dogma go again ? Oh yeah, Biological information within DNA can be compared to rocks in a landslide or pebbles strewn along a beach or patterns of a snowflake. This information is not true intelligent information as we humans understand & know it, it's actually nothing more than meaningless patterns. As long as there are people like this in positions of power, obsessed with the pursuit of wealth and acquiring a global food monopoly at any cost, the entire planet will always be in serious danger. They are correct about one thing, DNA is NOT real information as humans know and understand it. In actual fact it is far more complex and sophisticated than all the collective thinking and understanding of things humans have ever invented or devised from the beginning, irrespective of what anybody with an opinion believes how that all originally happened. But never underestimate the power of religious blind faith and the Clerics which claim to be the guardians of such knowledge.
Detour Towards Epigenetic Switches 

For those with a further deeper interest in the subject of Epigenetics, I'll provide a couple of interesting links to videos which will illustrate and highlight what the Biotechs refuse to admit. The first is a documentary produced by Horizon referencing British Geneticist Marcus Pembry and Swedish Geneticist Dr Lars Olof Byrgen, who are considered heretics in the field, but found by accident how epigenetics switches can be triggered by environmental cues to turn on or off with the resulting effects being the different expression of the genetic information contained within a sequence of DNA. In fact the the documentary even reveals an example of where the mere act of placing a mouse embryo in a Lab  dish actually caused two switches in that embryo to be turned off. Why ? Who knows. No one really understands why. Does the same happen in humans within the procedure of In Vitro Fertilization which is the process of fertilization by manually combining an egg and sperm in a laboratory dish, and then transferring the embryo to the uterus. Is there also potential for switches here to be either turned on or off and if so what genes and what do they do when switched on or off ? Is such information important to understand ? Who knows. Does anyone really care ? Again who knows. Remember, this is also another big business model within the Biotech Industry. With that said, here is the BBC documentary and you may wish to bookmark it for later as it is 48 minutes long, but well worth the watch. 
BBC Horizon: "The Ghost in Your Genes"
SciShow: "Epigenetics"
Here are a couple of entertaining short videos illustrating the recent research work of the team of Scientists at ENCODE who have discovered that non-coding DNA does actually have function and purpose after all. Much to the religious outrage of the prevailing orthodoxy which claims to represent science today. Junk DNA is a dogma that will NOT go away any time soon. 
So 98% of your DNA is Junk ?
The Secret of your "Junk DNA" Revealed!   
 What the Encode project tells us about the human genome and 'junk DNA'
So the next time the Biotech Industry puts out another publicity P.R. stunt by either themselves or any of their Rent-A-Scientists and anonymous sock puppet trolls who will name call you an anti-science Luddite, you need to first remember who the anti-science people really are.
Important Illustrative Update May 8, 2015
 Here is an important update which was published by the University of Buffalo Scientists who are working on Stem Cell research. What they basically have stumbled upon is that there is a hierarchical structural arrangement within genomes and they have found a protein they have labeled as, nFGFR1, which is a protein that regulates the regulators. Wow, who would have thought ? But who or what are these Regulators ? Basically they are the non-coding genes within the genome are those genes which did not code for the manufacturing of a specific protein, hence the term non-coding. However they do contain codes for regulation, instructions tec for other functions like what happens with those manufactured proteins by other gees. Actually, it's far more complex than that. But the fact that they didn't code for proteins, researchers mistakenly stamped the label - "non-coding". Rather than admit that science new nothing of their purpose within any genome and let the public aware they they were still going to research, study, experiment and find out what tasks these genes do perform within the genome, they took it upon themselves to provide these Genes with the label, "Junk DNA". Why ? Because it was religiously assumed that these genes must be useless evolutionary experimental mistakes which they called leftovers from some mystic historical past.  for no other reason than a powerful collection of powerful influential religiously driven Scientists couldn't find any function or purpose to it's existence. Hence it was just leftover evolutionary baggage. As I stated, the only respected genes traditionally have been those genes that they know of which code for the manufacture of proteins as a necessary product for life and MOSTLY, these are the genes with which the Biotech industry are interested in identifying and inserting from one organism into the genome of an entire foreign organism. Yet further discoveries are proving that there is a hierarchical organization made up of the more important regulatory parts and lesser parts which code for the proteins. These protein coding genes are at the bottom of the hierarchy. Layered on top are those extremely important regulatory or control genes. This is where the Biotechs have blundered in their disrespect of the instructional components within the entire context of the gene when they place emphasis and importance only on the coding protein manufacturing genes, such as the BT Cry gene which manufactures the BT Toxin protein for killing insect pests inserted into Maize and Soybean which had an entirely different set of regulatory instruction than the bacteria from which the trans gene was taken. This is likely what went terribly wrong with the three experimental examples I referenced above. Below are some partial quotes and a link to the entire article:
Opening Summary:
"New research shows how a single growth factor receptor protein programs the entire genome. The study provides evidence that it all begins with a single "master" growth factor receptor that regulates the entire genome."
" Now we think we have discovered what may be the most important player, which organizes this cacophony of genes into a symphony of biological development with logical pathways and circuits."
"We found that this protein works as a kind of ‘orchestration factor,’ preferably targeting certain gene promoters and enhancers. The idea that a single protein could bind thousands of genes and then organize them into a hierarchy, that was unknown. Nobody predicted it."
Science Daily: "Master orchestrator of the genome is discovered, stem cell scientists report"

Below was an article from PBS website from 2010 where previous discoveries were just revealing how ignorant that Junk DNA dogma really was. They had one fantastic illustration which stood out to me and here it is along with the link:

“It’s like a recipe book,” Wray said. “It tells you how to make the meal. You need to know the amounts. You need to know the order. The noncoding DNA tells you how much to make, when to make it and under what circumstances.” 
PBS: "Mysterious Noncoding DNA: ‘Junk’ or Genetic Power Player?"
So how do such new science revelations expose the glaring  flaws within the Biotech Industry's technology ?
 So how does one make sense of the subject of just how genes work and function within any genome to an otherwise uninformed public ? It's not the public's fault really. Traditionally Scientists have never been the best communicators to the common people they view and label as "Layman", which is also a term used by those of the conventional religious leaders for the people who make up their so-called flocks who they view as ignorant of the more important matters that only they are capable of grasping. This is why I often make comparison between religion and science because in so many ways their behaviour and actions are identical, despite the promoted differences espoused by both sides of the argument. This is also why this world's massive Biotech and  Pharmaceutical Corporations, Academic Institutions, etc use Public Relations firms and journalists to take up the scientific data from the research and serve it up as a tasty meal for the average person to hopefully enjoy and benefit from. Unfortunately Journalists and PR Firms are prejudiced and biased too. Like other human beings with flaws and imperfections, these journalists and PR Firms are often shackled and committed to the business goals and aspirations of the business interests who employ them. 

So now, how exactly do this world's intellectuals go about explaining how genes work and function to the common man and woman on the street who are otherwise viewed as an ignorant "Layman" public ? The art of teaching here doesn't come easy for an intellectual. First, you should understand that most people who come off as intellectual are not geniuses in the communication game. The problem is when attempts are actually made to justify why GMOs are so simple and safe, the kooky explanations given are the result of the Biotech scientists believing that the public in general are idiots. Take Biotech Scientists, Monsanto's Chief Science Officer, Rob Fraley and UC Davis' Alison Van Eenennaam. Remember the opening statements made at that silly "Intelligence Square Debate" back on December 4th, 2014 (HERE) ? It was the, "Hey folks, Legos are just Legos and Tinker Toys are just Tinker Toys" justication argument. We are simply taking a lego block from Red Lego Man and inserting it in with the other white blocks of Lego Man. It's just that simple, except it's not that simple. So please folks, don't be so stupid. If you'll recall, Ms Van Eenennaam insisted GMOs were no big deal and there was nothing for anybody to worry about. 
"We're just talking about genes, genes are genes, you take one gene from one thing and you put it with some other genes" 
That was nothing more than one of those typical lazy "Just Add Water" quips to an audience they believed were basically morons and yet, from the voting at the end of that debate, who's to argue they were wrong in their appraisal of people in any audience. This was identical to what Geneticist David Suzuki said about his fellow geneticist colleagues, remember ?
"In discussions I've had with my fellow Geneticists, they say, Listen Suzuki, we're just talking about DNA. DNA is DNA [Alison Van Eenennaam - "Genes are just Genes"], what difference does it make what organism it comes from. We pull DNA from one organism and put it into another organism, it's just DNA."
Now these geneticists employed by Biotechs are either totally ignorant [which I doubt] or they are holding back because there is so much at stake financially [which is stupid]. The revelation in the recent finds I just posted expose everything they are doing as nothing but a money making scheme which does nothing but cause consequences which the rest of mankind and the natural pay for. When it comes to the common person's understanding of a gene, couple with the cupcake explanation Fraley, Van Eenennaam, Folta, Wager, Entine and others are feeding them, it's no wonder that the average person thinks of a single gene as no more than downloading a simple App for insertion into your iPad. But it's not. Genes work and operate within a context of information as that article on May 8th revealed. Genes are NOT just Genes and DNA is not just DNA, it's all about informational content. Clearly the average person have heard of genes, but they generally have no idea how they work. Most organisms have 1000s of genes with  some of them having more or less than others. But apparently all these genes can have the ability to code for different proteins, especially when working within a context. The idea the biotechs are pimping to the public is that the gene inserted is just making a simple protein toxin to kill the bad evil bugs, it's as simple as that. But that is dead wrong as the three examples I gave above that we are aware of clearly illustrate how things go dangerously wrong. When proteins are manufactured, they are done so from several different stretches of many different genes within DNA, not just a single gene. In other words, our genes are often a collection of smaller segments that are separated within our DNA. Think about your own body, how many different kinds of proteins do you suppose there  are for constructing the various of components which make you ? Different proteins make up different parts. Proteins for heart cells, lung cells, brain cells, muscle cells, live cells, kidney cells, bone cells, blood cells, etc, etc, etc. See, like DNA and Genes, proteins are not just proteins. I love illustrations. I use them all the time. I find them more effective in teaching than all the "intellect speak" used in most scientific papers for teaching people. So let me illustrate what is happening when *cough-cough* consensus science backs the less than intelligent bio-technology behind Genetically Modified Organisms:

Let's imagine for a moment that a single Cell is like a Skyscaper building. Many many buildings represent all the cells which make up a living organism. Buildings of course need building materials and the intelligent instructions from skilled organizational teams. Let's say that factories which manufacture raw materials for the construction of a skyscaper are like protein coding genes. Let's also say that all of the general laborers, crane operators, concrete masons, steel workers, welders, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, insulation installers, sub-contractors, foreman, supervisors, inspectors, Architects, Engineers, etc, etc, etc all represent "non-coding genes" [Junk DNA] Now in a real world construction project there is a vast array of intelligent educated people with specific trade skills and experience which which are necessary to cooperate in a sequence of of skilled specific timing in constructing various stages of this building project. It is the same in the real world of microbiology. There really is no such thing as non-coding DNA, let alone "Junk DNA". Nevertheless, this is what we are all force fed as truth. But in reality it's religious dogma.

We also need to keep in mind that all materials for building are not equal. Steel, bolts, nails, concrete, grades of lumber, brands of electrical, plumbing, etc, etc, etc  components are not equal. There is a lot of input of ideas, experience and understanding which comes from the people from various background assignments involved with the building project. Their input as to the actual grade and quality of materials is imperative or there could be disaster later on. The collective leadership of this building project may even require a factory to create special specific formulation of the concrete or steel to be used for this particular architectural design to actually succeed. After, they are following rules and regulations of building codes and other safety laws which are also legally required by the hierarchy which demands strict adherence to these rules. This is also what goes on with non-coding genes where regulation, guidance, strict direction of the exact type of specific protein to be contracted all must be obey or the project is abandoned. 

Now lets say that the the projects main building contractor [a Donald Trump type guy] who is also the owner of the property wants to cut corners with regard costs and speeding up the project to a finish so he can start making money off long term lease tenants and any other services he'll offer to Joe/Jane Q-Public. So he insists that expensive high quality structural bolts and Rivets are not necessary for fitting together the building's horizontal and vertical steel I-Beams which make of the strong skeleton of this building. Instead he insists upon the construction workers utilizing wooden pegs. He reasons that if it was good enough for wooden post and beam barn construction in the old days, than it's good enough for his project. I know it sounds ridiculous and asinine, but roll with me here. This Donald Trump building contractor represents the Biotech Corporations and their aspirations for having a monopoly on the food industry. Can you imagine the disarray and organizational collapse of all the construction workers, sub-contractors, supervisors, foreman, inspectors, architects, engineers, code enforcement officers etc, etc, etc, if this Biotech Donald Trump is allowed to move forward with his irresponsible plans ?

This is the same chaos which actually did happen within the organizational collapse of the three examples [Tryptophan, Peas & Potatoes] experiments I referred to above. And science really doesn't understand what truly went wrong with any of them in any intricate detail, although they do have a general idea. And that's what stinks, they know full well the potential of consequences, but a good public relations sugar coating smoke screen can just seem to make it all blow away, even if it's convincing their own minds. The Biotechnology being used is like taking a collection of tradesmen and those of oversight from a 3rd world developing country whose experience is in Bamboo Construction and asking them to build Trump's Tower. There never has been any such thing as Junk DNA and the term "non-coding DNA" is a lousy label for those amazing sophisticated genes which code for regulation, guidance, direction, and ultimately when brought together with the protein coding genes, create an incredible blueprint schematics for any beautiful organism in our natural world. The Biotech world has no respect whatsoever for a natural world where everything has purpose and function. Seriously, this is true as I have referenced below an article  by some Belgian Philosophers and Biotechnologists where they adamantly admit their flawed worldview of the natural world being nothing more than a mistake ridden bundle of compromises and make fun of every anti-gmo person who doesn't accept their technology because they supposedly are all right-wing Fundies. Hardly. You know they are losing ground when they come up with rubbish like this. Everybody who purchases any and all of the Junk Foods which contain GMOs and those proponents who will go to their dying breath defending them are allowing this taxpayer publicly funded religious cult to release onto our natural world a degenerate blueprint which eventually given enough time will collapse the perfection out there in the natural world which up until now has lasted for countless thousands of years. The video below beautifully illustrates just exactly what it is they are offering us as our future.

Stay tuned, I'll continue to add to this
 Why Biomimetics or Biomimicry are more important than ever Now!
As far as Biomimicry goes, there is some hope if it is done correctly. First, there is the hopeful antivenom from Opossums. There are of course a few hurdles to overcome such as corporate competition with competing researchers. This is true of the Pharmaceutical industry and exposes why they are so closely wedded to the biotech industry. There was a similar article in the National Geographic which was more skeptical. The National Geographic article referred to supposed snake expert, Jack Zoltan, who slammed Dr Claire Komives on several points he considered pertinent, all of which she actually addressed in that video conference interview in Colorado. Despite the criticism [which I generally chalk up to celebrity envy and jealousy], Dr Claire Komives and other researchers actually stand by their findings. 
"It was like a miracle, that this peptide really has this activity"
She also may have upset another apple cart as you may well understand. In that video, she revealed what most corporate exces would consider privileged insider information and that of course was the subject of Patents and the low cost for production. As she stated, cost of production per 1 gram would be about $1:00. But of course the Biotechs and Pharmaceuticals are definitely kool with that, but that is not generally information they like the public to be privileged in knowing. In their warped worldview, the public is only entitled to understand the retail costs of the wares they produce and sell. Go figure! These corporate giants and the research people who work for them are not really interested in finding cures to help people or feed them as their public relations departments feed the media. Their very nature is not doing something purely out of the goodness of their dear sweet hearts. The other issue as I stated above is that people need to understand that these researchers and other scientists are shackled to the same failings of jealousy, covetousness and adolescent pride as every other human being, despite the promotion that they as a group are above all that. 

And there are issues too with the Cattail as a solution for cleaning up water pollution. Humans cannot keep doing what they are doing as far as dumping filth into waterways and agriculture is the worst offender. As with most Eco-Green Solutions being promoted for cleaning up the environment, often times these solutions don't require a change of behaviour with regards industrial filth output or average world citizen consumption changes. Frankly I understand why because there ultimately is no profit in it. Humans excel at creating massive amounts of filth and contaminants on Earth and no amount of ideas for ridding the Earth of this filth is ever given which also at the same time requires for provisions in lessening the pollutants to begin with. With newer improved greener technology should also come responsibility of Joe/Jane citizen to also clean up their act.

Biotech Public Relations strikes again: Update April 24, 2015
Defending the Business Model by Bluffing#1: Definition Shell Games continue to mutate

Recently an article came out from the Ghent University, or should I say last year on October 13, 2014, but only now are we really hearing about this in many of the well known Science journals like Science Daily. It's curious that it should come out now, especially with the negative climate surrounding GMO Technology and the Biotechs behind them. In a nutshell, they are attempting to assert that Sweet Potatoes which contain DNA from what they have termed Agrobacterium which they assume, assert and speculate proves GMOs are natural. There is absolutely nothing to quote, but you may read the article from the link I post below. Clearly it is an attempt by the Biotech industry to normalize their less than clean technology. Frankly, from these lame attempts at looking for  justification arguments being invented for GMO Technology, all other examples in nature which can be infected with Agrobacterium like Oak Galls are apparently to be also considered natural gmos. This is further definition shell gaming at it's lowest. I guess the fact that humans have gut bacteria with foreign DNA would qualify humans as natural gmos. Or perhaps the photograph above of a human suffering from the infection of foreign DNA from a parasite which causes "elephantiasis" of the leg tissues would qualify this poor soul as a natural GMO according to the new warped definition we are all now to be force fed ? Oddly enough the bacterium symbiosis referenced in the article below is common in nature, but as I provided above, this has zero to do with their obscene profiteering business model that is attempting to monopolize the food supply around the globe. Here is the link:
Science Daily: "Horizonal gene transfer: Sweet potato naturally 'genetically modified'"
Bluff Defense #2: The Religious Component Argument

So why ? you ask, am I seeing a picture of Richard Dawkins and his famous quote ? Because the Biotechs are now using his religious affirmation here to justify genetic modification and to fabricate a lie as to why anti-gmo people are against GMOs. The same team of Belgium researchers apparently believe that MOST ALL anti-GMO people around the world [especially Americans] must be religious folks who have a belief that nature is something sacred and has a purpose that must not be messed with in any way. Take a look at these researcher's imaginary findings below:

“Anti-GMO arguments tap into our intuitions that all organisms have an unobservable immutable core, an essence, and that things in the natural world exist or happen for a purpose,” Blancke explains 
 “This reasoning of course conflicts with evolutionary theory–the idea that in evolution one species can change into another. It also makes us very susceptible to the idea that nature is a force that has a purpose or even intentions that we shouldn’t’ meddle with.”
Now I find this odd that they would make such a desperate argument utilizing religion to blame for the opposition against GMOs, but I'll address this at the bottom here. First, it illustrates  just how much the official Scientific view of Nature has been warped by these Secular celebrity icons and their obsession with changing worldviews. Frankly, I could care less what anyone believes as to origins of the incredible complex sophisticated mutualistic components found within any ecosystem which allows life to fire on all pistons as a well oiled machine. The fact is irrespective of how one believes Nature became that fine tuned piece of machinery in the first place, the fact is that is exactly what Nature is. The fact that this disturbs some secular religious ideologues out there is not my problem. Richard Dawkins and others of his kind are by the way, staunch Biotech supporters for no one reason than it sounds sciencey and must therefore be correct. In fact his warped view of nature is well illustrated in a conversation he had with an American Medical Physician and Evolutionary Biologist, Professor Randolph Nesse, who actually said this about what was holding back in his view, true progress in medical research:
Nesse says that progress is being hampered by the fact that many medics still think of the body as a machine designed by an engineer, when in fact it is a "bundle of compromises ... designed to maximise reproduction, not health".
Unbelievable! Seriously, what kind of medical doctor would you choose to work on you ? You know, in my profession of market research with well known giant pharmaceutical companies where we have projects for collecting data on side effects of various drugs for any assortment of medical conditions where I interview Doctors, Specialists and Scientists, I have run a cross a majority who unconsciously use Dice Theory when prescribing drugs. I had one doctor who switched a patient over 8 times. He just randomly selected a different type of drug for no other reason [knowledge of the drug had zero to do with decision to prescribe] than to see what it would do in correctly what ailed the patient. Sounds like the kind of Doc Professor Nesse and Richard Dawkins would approve of. But there is more behind this philosophy than things medical for Professor Nesse. Here he laments that most medical doctors and researcher just aren't getting his religious philosophical take on the matter when it comes to utilizing evolutionary philosophy when doing research and how damaging this is in guiding politicians who regulate and pass laws:
"There is no question about the importance of applied evolution. The trouble is, if biologists themselves are only just waking up to how relevant and crucial evolution can be, what hope is there of educating  influencing the leaders and policy makers who need to understand and act upon this research? Not much, I fear."
Source - New Scientist: " Putting evolutionary theory into practice" 
Can you see the similarity between these ideologues and the purpose of Biotechs ripping pages out of their religious playbook to get what they want ? This has nothing to do with science. This is an obsession with power and wealth of Corporations under the cloak of "Science" and challenging anyone who dares go against them and their product as anti-science religiously driven Luddites and that is just a flat out lie. The anti-GMO stance is about people who actually do respect science, but want it conducted responsibly. The fact is, far from an anti-science Luddite problem, this is a moral problem. But wait, there is more from Ghent University:
"While religious beliefs, particularly those that hold a romantic view of nature, have been accused of generating some of the negativity around GMOs, Blancke and his co-authors argue that there's more to the story. Using ideas from the cognitive sciences, evolutionary psychology, and cultural attraction theory, they propose that it is more a matter of messages competing for attention--in which environmental groups are simply much better at influencing people's gut feelings about GMOs than the scientific community."
(Source: Science Daily: "Psychology of the appeal of being anti-GMO")
There were a number of misleading and actually bizarre statements made by suspect sources being used to champion this Business model. Take a look:
 "A team of philosophers and plant biotechnologists have turned to cognitive science to explain why opposition to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has become so widespread, despite positive contributions GM crops have made to sustainable agriculture"
"A team of Philosophers" ??? I understand the presence of Biotechnologists being there marketing their Wares, but what do philosophers have to do with ecological, biological and psychological issues ??? The Biotechs are clearly casting their fishing lines around hoping to hook other kinds of so-called expert opinion on the matter aside from the usual suspected "rent-a-scientists" they are most often known to employ. Maybe we should be also asking some famous poets and well known fiction novelist [hey how about Steven King?] to chime in with their take on GMOs and why most people dislike them so much. Then there was this quote in that same paragraph:
"despite positive contributions GM crops have made to sustainable agriculture"
Seriously ??? The genetically modified crops and the chemicals created by Industrial Agri-Business for them may have allowed for a time higher yields for nothing more than monoculture commodity crops for brokers on the Global Stock Markets to play price war games with, but at what cost environmentally ??? There is nothing sustainable agriculturally or ecologically about their Industrial business model. The main strategy being used here by the Biotech industry and their largely ignorant supporters is to muddle things up and make the educational landscape nothing more than a gray area. For example, have you noticed something largely bizarre about their labeling of all anti-GMO people as religious nut cases ? Let's just take the United States and those who are on the side of Biotechs like Monsanto. Does anyone realize that most of Monsanto's support comes from the pro-business rightwing side of politics who represent the very nut cases they are making fun of ? The God & Country flag waving GMO Farmers and those religious folks who support them ? A good majority of these pro-GMO gang who in reality have a strong scientific disconnect because they  either don't believe in climate change or if they do, they also believe it has zero to do with any type of human activities ? So again, why the religious component being used here ? Because there appears to be two types of opposing factions here who both support GMOs. There is the rightwing pro-business side I just mentioned and there is the Sciencey side that feels an obligation to defend Biotechnology because after all, it's Science. Now under normal circumstances, these two side absolutely hate each other, but for some strange reason come to bed with each other on the subject of GMOs. The other thing I find peculiar and at the same time interesting, is that the Sciencey types are also the "Occupy Wall Street" people who protested big evil corporate America and yet the very institutions they hate, are what they support when it comes to Industrial Agriculture who are a large part of what is wrong with business and politics. Again, strange bed fellows here.  But why this article now ? For the simple reason that it was created by ideologically driven European secular minded researchers whose concept of all Americans is that they are mostly all religious anti-science Luddites. This will backfire big time because the anti-GMO crowd comes from ALL global backgrounds and do indeed have a healthy respect for nature, something the Biotechnology industry lacks big time. Just one more important bit of news before I sign off here. The Biotech Industry utilizes a number of misinformation websites to propagandize and pimp their products.

One of these is the Genetic Literacy Project website which I sarcastically refer to the "Genetic Illiteracy Project" because it's true purpose is to attack and dumb down, not teach real science. It is run by a collection of Rent-a-Scientists and a gaggle of sycophantic internet sock-puppets who dare not dispute the ignorant rantings of the Biotech authors for fear of being excommunicated from the collective. Most have zero experience in observing and understanding how the natural world is put together and operates smoothly. They don't understand that all commercial farm ventures should be put together and maintained like any other ecosystem on Earth and maintained as such through responsible and sustainable practices. Unfortunately, this completely ruins the profiteering business model of Biotechs & Industrial Agrichemical companies. Hence the vicious opposition against their opposers. It's these attacks which will never convince the people against their business model that they are legit and the reason is the low quality caliber of the proponents involved. Most are incapable of civil discourse. It would seem the new way to promote and champion science now days is to be as fouled mouthed, derogatory and insulting as possible. Can anyone reading help me out to understand how this degenerate behaviour is suppose to help the cause of Science ?

But there is something even more insidious and hidden here about that "Genetic Illiteracy Project" that most people don't know unless they actually research their archived articles and recent articles on a subject called "Eugenics". Originally, Eugenics was created and promoted as an obscene scientific practice starting in the early 1900s, was further perfected by the Nazis from the late 1920s to 1945 and even further perfected by the Allies after WWII. Of course the degenerate motivation behind this is the ideological religious belief that certain flawed human beings do not deserve to pass on their DNA to future humankind and in the past were gas & murdered or later forced sterilized. But we now have the modern Eugenics movement which champions an even kinder and friendlier version of eugenics, thanks to the modern biotech industry who still believes in the original purpose of eugenicists of the past that in order to save the planet, we need to reduce human numbers, especially in the developing third world countries where birth rates are highest. This is where GMOs, which in some experiments have been found to reduce birth rates in lab mice or even sterilize, are a gentler method and solution to reverse the climbing birth rate trends globally. Hence this would make some sense of the reasons behind the strategy of giving out free samples of GMOs to those countries who don't actually have the funds to invest in them. This is a business strategy more commonly known to be employed by drug pushers who give out free samples at the neighbourhood elementary schools hoping to cultivate future clients. In turn they most likely learned their trade from the British Empire who gave out free opium samples from farmed Poppies in Pakistan and India to potential Chinese markets. Once an addicted clientele was established, the British could save their gold and silver and trade drugs for Chinese goods. This is what was behind the well known Boxer Rebellion for those who know their history. Isn't it incredible how people in positions of power and authority over mankind can manipulate the wealth for a small select few ? Ultimately when it comes to GMOs, I am against them not only because of the great ignorance which still exists within the geneticists world which promotes itself as otherwise, but also mainly because GMOs were never necessary in the first place. Biotechs have never attempted to biomimic our planet's ecosystem functions on a commercial scale. Every thing hinges on massive amounts of chemical sales. Irrespective of it being herbicides, insecticides, fungicides or fertilizers. Their entire concept is based on profiteering by off killing something. Not once have they considered looking for balance and working with nature instead of against it. To sum up, it's all about public relations, propaganda and misinformation being parroted over and over until they think their gamble has paid off by an ignorant public finally accepting them. It's all been done before, so why fix it.

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”Joseph Goebbels

Was Beethoven was a Biomimeticist ?
"Beethoven’s journals and letters reveal his love of nature, as when he wrote in 1810, “How delighted I will be to ramble for awhile through the bushes, woods, under trees, through grass, and around rocks. No one can love the country as much as I do. For surely woods, trees, and rocks produce the echo that man desires to hear.” Recognizing and appreciating the natural world was a cornerstone of the Romantic sensibility, as espoused by Enlightenment thinkers such as Rousseau. With the Sixth Symphony, Beethoven joined a common thread in music, art, and literature of the early nineteenth century that rhapsodized on the beauty and grandeur of the natural world, with a reverence that was in no small part spiritual."
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, Pastoral
In an odd twist, at the end of the 1972 film, Soylent Green, there is a moving death scene, Sol Roth (Edward G. Robinson in his final film role) final wishes of experiencing a painless and suicidal death in a euthanasia clinic's bed. He was put to rest in the assisted-suicide facility (within Madison Square Garden) with orange-hued lighting, classical music playing (Tchaikovsky's "Pathetique" Symphony No. 6, Beethoven's "Pastoral" Symphony No. 6, and segments of Grieg's "Peer Gynt Suite") and projected video of a peaceful and "beautiful" green Earth ages ago when animal and plant life thrived and there was no pollution. It's also a fitting end in describing where this world is headed without biomimicry's having any influence whatsoever on the consensus science.

Important Reading References
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies: "Opossums - Killers of Ticks"
Medical Daily: "Opossum-Based Antidote Provides New Route For Treating Deadly Snake Bites"
American Chemical Society video: "Opossum-based antidote to poisonous snake bites could save thousands of lives"
PhysOrg: "Common weed revealed diminish pollution"
Cattail farming could help save troubled lake
Cattail Cutting Machines
Showa Denko KK - Tryptophan & GMO Peas
Summary of the Tryptophan Toxicity Incident, by John B. Fagan, Ph.D. Professor of Molecular Biology, Maharishi University of Management
Physicians and Scientists for Responsible Application of Science and Technology: "The Showa Denko Tryptophan disaster reevaluated New evidence indicates that genetic engineering was the cause"