Tuesday, April 19, 2011

What Happens When You Mess with Nature

Remember the Chernobyl chicken? Variously portrayed as the size of a moose, or having four legs, or what have you, this creature was not only the product of overactive imaginations following the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

No one would be blamed for wondering what kind of fish will be swimming around in the ocean in a few years after Japan dumping thousands of tons of radioactive water into the sea.

It may not result in giant fish falling from the sky. But then again...


Actually, what this video shows is Asian carp species that have escaped from fish farms in the Mississippi and have invaded river systems all over the basin. This video shows the Wabash River. They are an invasive species that take over the ecosystem. There is concern that these fish will get established (or already have) in the Great Lakes by either escaping through Chicago into Lake Michigan or by crossing some wetland areas during floods and getting into the Lake Erie drainage area.

It definitely gives you pause to consider. Dozens of other invasive species are causing untold damage to our ecosystems and we seem powerless to alleviate it much if at all.

Yet we are barreling into GMOs like there's no tomorrow. We are locking the food supply for a hungry planet into GMOs and there is absolutely no way of ensuring the safety or sustainability of these products.

This issue contributing to rising food costs that are causing misery, hunger and unrest around the world.

Time to put the brakes on that Euro Free Trade deal and take a few deep breaths before going any further.

No comments: