Brought to You by The CSIRO
What I would like to be writing about is Yoga in the morning, the beauty of children’s smiles and the sacred gift of nature’s cathedrals. But instead I am having to write about hamfisted science at the CSIRO – Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation (Australia).
One of the truly disturbing things about this is that I grew up in this country to believe that we could trust CSIRO scientists to act ethically, knowledgeably and with a certain enlightened understanding in matters of scientific rigor and the public good. It now seems that such sentiments must be regarded with the same kind of scepticism once reserved for Santa Claus. It seems that CSIRO scientists have been dabbling in the black arts of genetic engineering in a way that would make even the evil empire of Monsanto blush. You see it seems that of late focus at CSIRO has been on seeking profitable outcomes rather than pursuing the public good. Where have we heard this before? And a conflict of interests of monstrous proportions has become as obvious as a pimp at a Love-in. Consider the latest genetic engineering nightmare being foisted on an unsuspecting and trusting public by those white coated gods to whom we have given, it would seem, far too much responsibility for our future.
According to Heidi Stevenson over at the Cancer is Curable Now blog, the CSIRO is developing a wheat species that is engineered to turn off genes permanently. After reading some of the straight science talk by likely experts in the field, Professor Jack Heinemann at the University of Canterbury’s Centre for Integrated Research in Biosafety and Professor Judy Carman of Flinders University, the long and the short of it seems to be this.
Professor Jack Heinemann: the molecules created in this wheat, intended to silence wheat genes, can match human genes, and through ingestion, these molecules can enter human beings and potentially silence our genes. The findings are absolutely assured. There is no doubt that these matches exist.
The implications are clarified by Professor Judy Carman of Flinders University: If this silences the same gene in us that it silences in the wheat—well, children who are born with this enzyme not working tend to die by the age of about five.
It even gets worse because not only can this happen to YOU just from eating such GMO wheat – a slow and horrible death from what we have been reading – but furthermore you can and will pass on this terminated gene to your offspring should you ever be foolish enough or uninformed enough to have any. Once turned OFF this gene can’t be turned back ON. The result will be an enormous amount of disease, suffering and death. And it would be almost guaranteed to happen by stealth in such a way that Doctors would quite possible not even be able to readily diagnose the source of illness. Low energy, chronic fatigue, impaired immune functioning, large tumors. Sounds pretty normal for lots of people in our society doesn’t it? A new mystery illness that looks like all the rest. Great. Perhaps the intention is to honour Charles Darwin.
The good news for the rest of us is that this will tend to keep the population down. The bad news is that these CSIRO wonks have could have come up with such a brilliant piece of manipulation of the genetic food code in the first place. We must ask ourselves how could this have been allowed to happen? And what next? One is speechless at the breathtaking insanity of this whole ugly, hideous, horrible, nasty science-fuck. But it must be OK because it’s all in the name of making a dollar. Do you think? When will these psychopathic creeps learn? Well the answer is that they probably wont. Hence the need for our regulatory bodies to keep close watch. And here it seems is the real problem. They are all in bed together. We are forced therefore to invoke the F-word. Fascism. . . .by definition: The merger of corporate and state power. Be afraid.
Had some basic due diligence homework been done on this project it never would have reached the stage where Greenpeace activists felt it necessary to sneak into (one of) CSIRO’s GMO wheat test crops at night to destroy it. Jesus and the saints are weeping. Maybe the eugenics conspiracy (depopulation by killing people through various means such as deadly GMO foods) theorists are right. Paranoia is one predictable and understandable response to this lunacy. Where is Alan Jones when we need him? You can start shrieking like a lunatic running from a burning building now Alan (thanks to Mike Carton). If these pricks really wanted to make loads of money they should have gone into banking or perhaps arms dealing, – both of these things would be rated as more noble in tone than the efforts of our Frankenstein fellows back at the CSIRO lab.
But is is probably even more banal than the search for great riches on the part of the scientists. The need for public-private partnerships is a requirement built into the CSIRO Flagship research project guidelines. Sounds innocent enough, even noble, until you realize what that means. It’s called putting Dracula in charge of the blood bank. By now it may be starting to dawn on you that people are not going to be nice about it, not by a long shot. Perhaps the powers that be should consider increasing the amounts of flouride in the water, that should render us all stupid enough to not care. Despair, anger . . .rage. These are predictable responses. This still leaves the question of – what will be done about it?
Not happy Jan. Not happy CSIRO. Not happy Federal Government ministers who should have never allowed the situation to get to this stage. Socially and politically the responsibility is ultimately theirs. Who was supposed to be on watch? We need to find out and stop it from happening again.