Tuesday, June 25, 2013

So You Want To Plant A Garden?

Think what simple life we have. You put seed in soil, water and grow. When the plant grows big and flowers appear Mother Nature generously sends out her pollinators. Amazingly we then get food and more seeds!
Such beauty and simplicity. We did not have to plan nor pay for our pollinators they just came.

Welcome to the Future

Enter multinational seed and chemical companies, helping you live better. Or do they? Your seeds are now modified to carry a chemical signature. This is done so you can spray your garden(food) with their chemicals. So what about the flowers? Well, they have an answer to this as well! No more pesky bugs! Not that any survive the onslaught of biocides. You can now use robot bees! Glory! Aren't these companies wonderful.
Remember these are products that come for a price. Not just anyone will be able to afford such wonders. But to be sure Mother Nature is not an ally in all this but an obstacle. What may seem miraculous will soon be seen as demonic. Your garden is no more than a profit motive for monsters like Monsanto and Syngenta. Even though it may be your food for life!

Think I am kidding?

by Russ McSpadden / Earth First! Newswire
Traducción español aquí. Traduzione italiana qui.
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Pollinators participate in the sexual-reproduction of plants. When you eat an almond, beet, watermelon or sip on coffee, you’re partaking of an ancient relationship between pollinators and flowers. But since the 1990s, worldwide bee health has been in decline and most evidence points to toxic pesticides created by Shell and Bayer and the loss of genetic biodiversity due to the proliferation of GMO monocrops created in laboratories by biotech companies like Monsanto.
But never worry, those real life pollinators—the birds and the bees, as they say—may soon be irrelevant to the food needs of civilization. Harvard roboticists are developing a solution to the crisis: swarms of tiny robot bees made of titanium and plastic that can pollinate those vast dystopian fields of GMO cash crops. 


 


The Harvard Microrobotics Lab has been working on its Micro Air Vehicles Project since early 2009. Borrowing from the biomechanics and social organization of bees, the team of researchers is undergoing the creation of tiny winged robots to fly from flower to flower, immune to the toxins dripping from petals, to spread pollen. They even believe that they will soon be able to program the robobees to live in an artificial hive, coordinate algorithms and communicate amongst themselves about methods of pollination and location of particular crops. 

Honey bee 

So it may be in the future but we must look reality in the face. Is this how we want to live? Is nature worth so little that we can replace it with gadgets? I don't think so. I like my bees and all the pollinators that graciously visit my garden. I will work for them as hard as they work for me! 
Join me!

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