Prior to reading Stewart Brand’s, Whole Earth Discipline I was against any genetically engineered food. His book changed my mind, genetic engineering is bad when it is done for a corporate agenda. Open source genetic engineering as Stewart Brand explains has created foods with beneficial trait’s, not new foods that end up needing the use of more pesticides. Genetic engineering is useful when used well. John Robbins does a great job of explaining these concepts in this short video you cans see if you click this link: John Robbins on Monsanto’s Lies
Whole Earth Discipline, a book written by biologist Stewart Brand, famous for the Whole Earth Catalog was mind blowing. In the book he presented scientifically documented facts about issues related to the climate and our well-being. Most specifically he caused me to rethink my stance about Genetically Modified or Engineered Foods (GMO’s – what he refers to as GE).
His presentation as a biologist is giving me a whole new appreciation for genetically engineered foods. It has inspired me to look into the issue more as he sites the monumental gains from GE drugs and foods and why it is better for the earth and us to have GE Foods. It seems he has presented a solid scientific presentation about the issue. It makes me wonder about the many claims on the other side and the way the manufacturers have gotten into government and policy creation and the harm inflicted by GMO’s.
My understanding from this reading is if we are to have GE foods, they MUST be open source so all can work on, study, and develop these foods. The problems seem to evolve when one company like Monsanto or Dow develops food to withstand more of their pesticide and not for better health. Often this is difficult to determine because of how they Greenwash these issues. I tend to agree with what I understand Brand’s stance to be that any GE foods should be open source and developed for better, more nutritious food and cannot be developed, patented and owned by corporations. Food belongs to everyone and must be developed for the common good so everyone and everything benefits.
He also presented compelling information of how nuclear energy and cities are green. He also made a case for why we may want to bring back extinct species and animals and how geoengineering may be needed. I encourage you to investigate these issues, they were informative to me.
Any information you can provide to assist me in learning more is appreciated.