Here's one for your GMO scrapbook, shared with us by a regular reader here, Ms. M.W. When I saw this, I had to blog about it, because one can almost here the next stage of pro-GMO propaganda even now:

Scientists create 'genetic firewall' for new forms of life

Now, the paragraph that I want to draw your attention to are the very first two:

"A year after creating organisms that use a genetic code different from every other living thing, two teams of scientists have achieved another “synthetic biology” milestone: They created bacteria that cannot survive without a specific manmade chemical, potentially overcoming a major obstacle to wider use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

"The advance, reported on Wednesday in Nature, offers what one scientist calls a “genetic firewall” to achieve biocontainment, a means of insuring that GMOs cannot live outside a lab or other confined environment."

In those two paragraphs are contained all the coming new propaganda, for once this technique is applied to new generations of GMO crops and other types of genetically modified foods (recall that GMO salmon that the FDA approved a few years ago), it will be argued that the new technology makes it possible for the new GMO to be consumed safely, as any specially modified strands of DNA  will break down outside the environment. One can even foresee the argument that the new technique makes any long term inter-generational testing of GMOs equipped with the new technique superfluous, since, again, the modified strands will break down outside the environment of the special chemical. It's the perfect solution to the nightmare that GMOs have become for cartels like Synkrudda, Duponzanto, and Mon(ster)santo, for the new technique will make it possible to argue that everything is perfectly safe to eat, and, moreover, needs no testing whatsoever to prove that point. "We have a firewall. Everything is safe. You're secure. Eat up!"

Yea right, and I'll smear Roundup on my toast if you can turn it into a jam or marmalade. (Woops, sorry about that folks... I probably just gave some mad scientist in DARPA a bright idea.)

Of course, no government is going to go as far as agreeing that "no testing is necessary." We'll see the usual fluff and flutter from clucking bureaucrats pretending to represent the public welfare as they scratch and peck at the dirt of a few "tests," accept some tidy corporate "benefits", and pronounce everything is "A-O.K." and "perfectly safe to eat." They are of course chickens, and incapable of standing up to anything or anyone.

My real problem with this is the underlying assumptions itself. I am obviously not a scientist, but we've heard this before. When Dr. Scott D. de Hart and I wrote Transhumanism: A Grimoire of Alchemical Agendas, one thing we both speculated on during our walking and pacing sessions, was the seemingly absurd possibility that modified DNA strands might somehow enter the human body through the normal processes of digestion. An even more remote, even more absurd, possibility was that this might begin to produce "unnatural" mutations within any organism consuming them. I know: absurd. I get it. We don't turn into hamburger patties by eating hamburgers (though if the state of our edgykayshun system is any indicator, that too may be happening).

Yet, recent studies of GMOs are suggesting that something like this is occurring in some cases, where modified strands are showing up in the bloodstream for example. We're constantly reminded, at every turn by the very same bevy of scientists that nature is always adapting, finding ways around, or through, our best designs, often faster than the new techniques themselves can be invented. Old antiobiotics are failing in their efficacy and potency as nature adapts. Crop yields in GMO fields are falling, as pests adapt, while traces of the chemicals used in some GMO foods increasingly are being linked to human health problems. .

Thus, no "firewall" conceived by man will be permanent; nature will find away around or through it. And the worst possibility is, that by introducing yet another tier of modifications, yet more environmental consequences of an unforeseen nature might ensue.

Bottom line: don't buy into this one when it comes down the pike, as it surely will. Insist on intergenerational testing. And get ready for the next round of propaganda, which this article is highlighting, for that too, will come down the pike.

See you on the flip side...

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. Cassandane on January 26, 2015 at 6:22 am

    Didn’t they already game this scenario in Jurassic Park? The dinosaurs they cloned had had their DNA altered so they couldn’t survive off the island without a certain amino acid their bodies could not produce, if I remember correctly. What could go wrong?

    • Guygrr on January 26, 2015 at 2:17 pm

      The superb reasoning skill’s I aquired during imprisonment in the Ameikun edumaykayshun system have allowed me to conclude, seeing that the dino’s never got off the island in the movies, firewalls are safe in real life too.

      • Cassandane on January 26, 2015 at 8:45 pm

        Your reasoning skills may be good, but your memory isn’t. The last scene shows the pterodactyls flying over the ocean into the sunset.

  2. Guygrr on January 25, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    Ok so does no one else see the nefarious possibilities of the reverse? A bacteria that can’t be killed by the immune system or anything else without a specific man made chemical? A chemical that, as a result of being man made, would be proprietary. It would be the ultimate infect someone with an illness and hold the cure over their head. Someone could infect another with a strain of bacteria that lies dormant and stays dormant with daily doses of the chemical but multiplies rapidly without it. One could make specific chemical keys unique to each person’s bacterial lock. Um super scary imo.

  3. DownunderET on January 25, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    Stop the world I wanna get OFF.

  4. marcos toledo on January 25, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Calling Dr. Tucker your needed at Lab.05 your former wife and daughter have escaped and are wrecking havoc in Central. Attention Fullmetal Alchemist you’re also needed to deal with situation as well. By the way can anyone get in contact with Dr. Moreau his services may be needed in dealing with this crisis as well.

  5. Robert Barricklow on January 25, 2015 at 11:26 am

    I hear George C Parker Jr. engineered this genetic firewall and selling it as “The Brooklyn Bridge Firewall” at Earl Scheib prices.

    • justawhoaman on January 25, 2015 at 1:56 pm

      I have to admit, Robert Barricklow, you made me laugh out loud. The Earl Scheib pretty much nailed it.

      • Robert Barricklow on January 25, 2015 at 4:47 pm

        Glad you liked it.

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