Alien Forest, Alien Ocean, Alien Sky

By Rady Ananda

Imagine our declining pollinators – bees, moths, butterflies and bats – coming upon thousands of acres of toxic trees, genetically engineered so that every cell in the tree exudes pesticide, from crown to root. Imagine a world without pollinators. Without seed dispersers. Without soil microbes.

It would be a silent forest, a killing forest, an alien forest. No wonder Vandana Shiva scoffs at the moniker, biotechnology. “This is not a life technology. It’s a death science.”

Genetically engineered forests are a holocaust on nature. An award-winning documentary, A Silent Forest: The Growing Threat, Genetically Engineered Trees (2005, 46 mins) details the appalling effects. (You can buy the full length film at Amazon.)

Global Justice Ecology Project director, Ann Petermann defines the issue: “Genetically engineered trees are the greatest threat to the world’s remaining forests since the invention of the chainsaw.”

Jim Hightower calls them, “wildly invasive, explosively flammable, and insatiably thirsty for ground water.”

If planting a sterile, killer forest isn’t freaky enough, some GM trees will be viable and can and will contaminate natural species. Tree pollen can travel over 600 miles, according to a model created by Duke University, reported Petermann in 2006. Another study found pine pollen 400 miles from the nearest pines. This year, a scientist was surprised to find viable seeds 25 miles offshore.

“Sterile trees would also be able to spread their transgenes through vegetative propagation,” notes Petermann. Unlike with animals, being sexually sterile does not preclude reproduction when it comes to plants.

GM contamination occurs around the globe, as documented by GM Watch and the GM Contamination Register (among others). The technology cannot be contained. Genetically modified organisms are dominant over natural species and will forever alter Earth’s natural plants.

By the way, the latest batch of approved GM trees – 200,000 eucalyptus for seven southern states (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina) – are engineered to be cold tolerant. A lawsuit has been filed to overturn their approval.

Chemically altering the atmosphere to be cooler

Not only are the powers-that-be genetically altering trees, food crops and animals, they’re also chemically altering the atmosphere. In 1976, the United Nations banned hostile environmental modification, after investigative reporter Jack Anderson uncovered its use in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Next month, October 2010, the UN will vote on a resolution to stop all EnMod activities.

While the thought police label chemtrails a “conspiracy theory,” it’s unlikely that the UN scientific body calling for their termination would base such a recommendation on fiction. Those interested in scientific and legal proof can review the sources in my piece on atmospheric geoengineering.

Climate change is still being debated, especially after the University of East Anglia was caught publishing false data showing temperature increases. Significant errors in a report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), where it also falsely asserted as fact that Himilaya glaciers would melt by 2035, also fuel the debate.

Recently, an independent investigative body told the IPCC to stop lobbying on behalf of global warming programs. Members of the IPCC were also ordered to reveal their financial connections to such programs.

The temperature of the planet is characterized as too warm, and so the wealthy and powerful want to cool down the planet. If they do, those cold-tolerant GM trees will survive.

Altering the chemistry of the hydrosphere

Governments also support altering the chemistry of the hydrosphere. There is still much debate as to whether iron-seeding the oceans can remove enough carbon from the atmosphere to actually cool the planet. But, like the Cap and Trade scam, profit can be made so policy makers still support the idea.

Beyond deliberate attempts at geoengineering, we also have industry to blame for doing so. For over a century, humanity has been conned into poisoning the environment with toxic chemicals that end up in our streams, lakes and oceans. “Conventional” agriculture and industrial pollution are killing us.

Corporations profit by this, of course, enabled and protected by governments. The most recent example, allowing BP to spray at least two million gallons of toxic oil dispersants into the Gulf of Mexico, is a case in point. This is after the Earth Day Blowout that released up to 350 million gallons of oil into the Gulf. Those dispersants enable oil to more readily penetrate the bodies of sea life, and they interfere with oil-eating microbes.

They’re destroying an ocean and the US Senate is giving BP a pass. It refuses to grant subpoena power to investigate, let alone criminally prosecute. Forget partisanship, says Dateline Zero, “they are the same party, and they get their money from the same people, they get their orders from the same people — and that includes big oil.”

The actions of the corporations involved and the governmental agencies charged with regulating them have caused an ongoing Extinction Level Event.

This is happening all over the world. Corporations are destroying the planet under the guise of seeking profit. But their ecocidal activities are so horrendous and so ubiquitous that profits seem hardly plausible as authentic motive.

When taken together – chemically altered skies and waters and genetically altered plants and animals – reasonable minds cannot but wonder at the alien transformation of Planet Earth that we are witnessing.

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3 responses to “Alien Forest, Alien Ocean, Alien Sky

  1. Velp 07 September 2010,

    Comment from another Continent – Europe and one of the 27 EU-Member Countries also the Netherlands.

    Who did given permission in the most of the 194 Countries Worldwide, Politic People, Governments- and their Presidents…………BUT when more as 6.600.000.000 Citizens Worldwide will breathe with their animals, birds, insects, amfibians, fish, plants, bush and trees GMO-Pollen is their a huge problem. Special for Girls and Woman with a Fetus or Baby in their belly and Mothers when they given their Babys breast-milk, why must they breathe GMO-Pollen in who his-her interest?
    Which Country Worldwide is the biggest EXPORTER of GMO-Idea, it is I think the USA also one of the 194 Countries……Did Politic People in the USA NOT learn from disasters?

    When we look to a Insects as example the Bees-Honeybees ‘Apis Mellifera’ they did more as 130.000.000 years in Europe their good pollination from flowers on plants, bush and trees……..Your and my generation will destroy in shorter as 100 years their good work, this is impudent.
    Is all beeproducts good for the health of Human People, answer is NO.
    We know that a Honeybee from egg tot addult cost 21 days it is also good to know that in warm summers a Honeybee live 21 days normal 49 days in the winterseason they must live much longer. What I will tell the Honeybee is in a very short time Smart and with a High Intelligence……..Can we use this genetic gene by our Politic People?

    GMO-Pollen by cross pollination to bad, the Wind blow the GMO-Pollen from Country to antother Country and with support of the Thermals also the GMO-Pollen to another Continents.

    Can we write Pollen, Honey, Propolis, Royal Jelly included Beewax is like a CHEMICAL BOMB? Like a cocktail of all kind Toxic Chemicals allowed by our own Politic People, included Heavey Metals, Fine Dust with Asbestos, PAK’s, PA’s from Mother Nature it can given the illness of Cancer by consumption from beeproducts (a lot yellow flowers on plants, bush and trees give this PA’s in Europe we write Pyrrolizidine Alkaloiden) but we will find in all beeproducts also Bacterium and Virussen………..Which other words what is the reason that more as 6.600.000.000 Citizens wait and wait before they come in action?
    Girls and Womans with a Fetus of Baby in their belly and Mothers they given their Babys breast-milk must they use all kind of beeproducts, answer is NO because the Bacterium ‘Clostridium Botulinum’ can given the dead of Fetus, Baby, Girls, Woman, Motthers………..I hope that the USA First Lady Mrs. Michelle Obama come in action with your President Mr. Barack Obama in the White House – Washington-USA.

    They can STOP this Crime……….

    Best regards,

    From a beekeeper he support the Insects the Honeybees, let all for the Beecolonies give or sell no beeproducts because I know it can given example the illness of Cancer…………Fructose work as catalyst advise give sick people also by the illness of cancer no beeproducts.

    Hans van den Broek

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