Last Sunday night, I watched a profile of J. Craig Venter on CBS’ 60 Minutes after my beloved New England Patriots took down Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts. It went from bliss to horror very, very quickly.
For those who don’t know, Venter is credited for decoding the human genome and is a huge name in the biotech world for his accomplishments. His latest project should have people very, very concerned.
This summer in his laboratory he created synthetic bacteria designed on a computer using man-made DNA. In short, he create new forms of life in his lab!!!
Aside from this having potentially horrible, horrible consequences, he made reference to this being the future of food because there were too many people to feed and no way to do it.
He did not expand further on this but it is not hard to put two and two together, especially given the litany of other projects he is working on.
Based on what he is doing, he probably imagines that plants, fruits, seeds and nuts will all be created in a laboratory for human consumption. It is bad enough what Monsanto is doing — they are taking existing seeds and genetically altering them. My sense is that Venter won’t even bother with existing seeds. He will start from scratch and create food that is made 100% from the lab.
His argument is that the population is growing too fast and there is not enough food to feed the planet. Hence, science must take over and cure all the problems in the world. That is a completely flawed argument and one that Monsanto and other pro-GMO advocates constantly throw out there.
Starvation is a political problem, not one due to lack of food. The people in North Korea are not starving because there is a lack of food in the world. It is because the person running their country won’t feed them.
Let’s hope Craig Venter’s dream of artificial, man-made laboratory food never comes to fruition. If it does, here’s one person who won’t be eating it. How about you?