Bayer’s modified soil microbes may set off a genetically engineered doomsday for agriculture. Is that what Bayer desires? In the event you don’t just like the poisonous air pollution from industrial agriculture’s artificial nitrogen fertilizers and pesticides, Bayer and its accomplice Ginkgo Bioworks have an answer for you.
They are saying they’re going to swap out a number of the outdated fossil-fuel-based agrochemicals for genetically engineered microbes. We’re no fan of pesticides and artificial fertilizers, however let’s not bounce from the frying pan into the fireplace! The uncontrolled unfold of genetically engineered microbes may contaminate soil on such an enormous scale that it may very well be the tip of farming!
You don’t should take our phrase for it, simply learn Ginkgo’s personal report back to the Securities and Alternate Fee. It’s like a sci-fi author’s brainstorm of plots for a catastrophe film:
“The discharge of genetically modified organisms or supplies, whether or not inadvertent or purposeful, into uncontrolled environments may have unintended penalties …
The genetically engineered organisms and supplies that we develop might have considerably altered traits in comparison with these discovered within the wild, and the total results of deployment or launch of our genetically engineered organisms and supplies into uncontrolled environments could also be unknown.
Specifically, such deployment or launch, together with an unauthorized launch, may affect the atmosphere or neighborhood typically or the well being and security of our staff, our clients’ staff, and the shoppers of our clients’ merchandise.
As well as, if a excessive profile biosecurity breach or unauthorized launch of a organic agent happens inside our business, our clients and potential clients might lose belief within the safety of the laboratory environments wherein we produce genetically modified organisms and supplies, even when we aren’t immediately affected.
Any hostile impact ensuing from such a launch, by us or others, may have a cloth hostile impact on the general public acceptance of merchandise from engineered cells and our enterprise and monetary situation …
We may synthesize DNA sequences or have interaction in different exercise that contravenes biosecurity necessities, or regulatory authorities may promulgate extra far-reaching biosecurity necessities that our normal enterprise practices can not accommodate, which may give rise to substantial authorized legal responsibility, impede our enterprise, and injury our popularity.
The Federal Choose Agent Program (FSAP), entails guidelines administered by the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention and the Animal and Plant Well being Inspection Service that regulate possession, use, and switch of organic choose brokers and toxins [a euphemism for bioweapons] which have the potential to pose a extreme risk to public, animal, or plant well being or to animal or plant merchandise …
[W]e may err in our observance of compliance program necessities in a way that leaves us in noncompliance with FSAP or different biosecurity guidelines … Third events might use our engineered cells supplies, and organisms and accompanying manufacturing processes in ways in which may injury our popularity.
… [W]hile we have now established a biosecurity program … to make sure that third events don’t receive our engineered cells or different biomaterials for malevolent functions, we can not assure that these preventative measures will eradicate or scale back the danger of the home and international alternatives for the misuse or negligent use of our engineered cells supplies, and organisms and manufacturing processes …”
Ginkgo’s SEC submitting makes clear how unleashing Frankenmicrobes into the atmosphere may wreak havoc, but when that doesn’t do it for you, this chilling true story from Dr. Elaine Ingham will. (You too can watch a brief movie about it at Shield Nature Now and skim the unique 1999 scientific publication right here.)
When Dr. Ingham was an affiliate professor at Oregon State College, she led a examine on a genetically engineered soil bacterium that modified the course of her profession — and threatened all plants on Earth.
Within the Nineties, a European biotech firm (I haven’t been in a position to determine which one, however experiences determine it as German, like Bayer and BASF), was making ready to commercialize a genetically engineered soil bacterium referred to as Klebsiella planticola. In its pure kind, Okay. planticola helps decompose plant matter.
The genetically modified model was meant to transform plant waste to alcohol, which may very well be used for fertilizer or gas. However when Dr. Ingham and her staff determined to run their very own take a look at on the alcohol-producing bacterium, they found that it not solely killed all the vegetation examined, however had the potential to kill all terrestrial vegetation.
Her findings finally prevented the genetically altered bacterium from being commercialized, but in addition introduced in regards to the finish of her affiliation with Oregon State College, an establishment funded by the biotech business.
That Dr. Ingham misplaced her college job when she saved the world from a GMO microbe that might have killed each plant on the planet tells us all the pieces in regards to the intentions of biotech behemoths like Bayer. In accordance with Buddies of the Earth:
“Bayer has amassed a group of at the very least 125,000 wild microbial strains and in 2019 created an umbrella department for associated merchandise referred to as Biologicals by Bayer. The corporate has quickly expanded their actions on this space through acquisitions.
Between 2012 and 2014, Bayer acquired three biologicals corporations and in 2022 established a strategic partnership with Ginkgo Bioworks, a startup firm which has obtained $15 billion in funding to develop a platform to automate the genetic engineering of 1000’s of microbes directly. Bayer additionally acquires and markets particular person microbial merchandise from different corporations.
Probably the most outstanding microbial merchandise launched by the corporate up to now are bacteria-based fungicides in addition to some plant development selling merchandise.”
Bayer has made a pledge to “scale back the environmental affect of crop safety by 30 p.c with out sacrificing yield and the well being of the harvest” by 2030. The reality is, Bayer has no plans to cut back its pesticide gross sales. What it’s seeking to do is create further merchandise to stack on prime of those it already sells.
Bayer is working with the Invoice Gates-backed Pivot Bio on genetically engineered nitrogen-fixing micro organism. The promise is that it may minimize artificial fertilizer use, however there’s no proof of that. Pivot isn’t letting impartial scientists consider their claims.
It’s the identical story with Poncho/VOTiVO, a hybrid chemical/organic insecticide product initially created by Bayer and now offered by BASF. As a substitute of selling the genetically engineered Bt micro organism VOTiVO as a substitute for the neonicotinoid insecticide Poncho (which kills bees), they’re offered collectively — and solely collectively — as a single product. This fashion, the businesses can up-sell farmers, and if the product doesn’t work as marketed nobody is aware of what’s in charge.
The soil microbe rip-off is simply one other within the lengthy line of empty guarantees in regards to the potential advantages of genetic engineering for meals and farming: We’ve been fed so many lies about GMOs.
GMOs have been going to “feed the world,” however Monsanto (which merged with Bayer and retired its notorious title in 2018) by no means got here up with any genetically engineered traits that elevated yields. They simply purchased up management of all of the high-yielding varieties — that had all been conventionally bred.
GMOs have been going to “scale back pesticide use,” however there’s no different cause to genetically engineer crops to be impervious to pesticides aside from to promote extra pesticides — and that’s precisely what Monsanto did.
GMOs have been “secure,” however they have been by no means safety-tested. Monsanto prevented Meals & Drug Administration regulation by getting GMOs declared Usually Acknowledged as Secure (GRAS).
GMOs have been going to “coexist” with natural, however Monsanto made positive the burden was on non-GMO farmers to guard themselves from genetic air pollution and pesticide drift. When farmers’ seeds obtained contaminated, Monsanto efficiently claimed the farmers have been stealing its GMO traits.
GMOs have been going to make farming extra resilient to local weather change, however Monsanto’s “drought tolerant” corn was a failure. Bayer claims to care about pollinators, nevertheless it invented the pollinator-poisoning neonicotinoid pesticides which are killing the birds and the bees — and it refuses to cease promoting them!
Bayer claims to care about farmers, however 11,000 rice farmers needed to sue it when Bayer contaminated rice seeds with unapproved GMO traits, inflicting $1.2 billion in losses. Bayer ultimately paid $750 million. Farmers nonetheless can’t develop that rice.
In accordance with a Greenpeace investigation, the contamination — which concerned three totally different GMO varieties — impacted rice seeds and 30 p.c of rice provides, together with rice exported to 30 international locations.
The contamination was found in 2006, however the rice hadn’t been grown since 2001. The unapproved GMO rice was nonetheless being present in Mexican supermarkets in 2010! It’s arduous to consider that any of that is an accident, particularly contemplating Bayer’s historical past.
Bayer used prisoners in experiments at Buchenwald and Auschwitz. Auschwitz was the economic manufacturing headquarters of Bayer and its dad or mum firm I.G. Farben throughout World Warfare II, constructed with slave labor bought from the Nazis. Bayer was the I.G. Farben division that marketed Zyklon B. Through the struggle, nearly all gross sales have been to the Nazis for his or her “fuel chamber” genocide.
Monsanto carried out human radiation experiments on unwitting, uninformed U.S. residents — from its personal staff to the residents of complete housing tasks — whereas working as a Pentagon contractor. It ran the chemistry aspect of the Manhattan Undertaking after which maintained the U.S. nuclear weapons manufacturing facility often known as Mound Laboratories.
When the struggle was over, the 2 corporations jumped straight from the Holocaust, and constructing atomic bombs to kill Japanese civilians, proper right into a merger they referred to as MoBay. That collaboration resulted within the Agent Orange toxin the U.S. used within the Vietnam Warfare.
Bayer is evil. From Zyklon B to Agent Orange to glyphosate-based herbicides like Roundup to pollinator-poisoning neonics, the corporate has achieved nothing however attempt to kill us and destroy our capability to feed ourselves!
Why? They plan to make cash off the transition from agriculture as we all know it to a world the place lab-grown and artificial “proteins” are the brand new processed meals. We should cease its newest plot to destroy our meals system.