Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Economic opportunity in bio-warfare

I'll elaborate here on an response I made regarding the US controlling the bird flu vaccine.

Where I said despite my typo , lol

"now think of genetically modified resistant strains of birds, owned by monsanto or some other giant agri-business, then see the dollar signs"
Do you see lots of them? Well you should because the potential is there. Think not, think again!

Bio-warfare doesn't have to just be about killing people, though that is always one "benefit". Unfortunately that is just too narrow a view. How about bio-warfare as an economic opportunity?
How about bird flu as a means to wipe-out bird populations, to have them replaced with Genetically Modified Chickens- Problem, Reaction, Solution.

When the bird flu strikes a country, what is the response? Cull the flocks!
Cull or culling is one of those doublespeak ways of saying killing or slaughtering.
Rather like collateral damage is the double speak of choice when civilians are targeted 'mistakenly' or so it is always claimed. Anyway.......

Bird flu fears beget the response, kill or slaughter massive amounts of birds,( I am doing away with the niceties here, and just calling it slaughter)
As was reported here, or here or even here

The problem is by slaughtering birds, you reduce genetic diversity amongst the bird population, to say nothing of reducing the bird population itself.

That is convenient if diversity is not what your after.
What if you were after birds as a controlled mono-culture farming crop?
This bird flu and subsequent culling can be about wiping out a diverse, yet unpatentable food source. Then replacing it with a more appropriate source, shall we say.
A source that alot of money can be made from.
That new highly profitable source ? Genetically modified poultry!!

Complete with a premium price tag to be paid by the farmer to big agri-business, wiping out diversity, crushing the little farmer, ensuring factory farm practices for ever more.

What a dream!
But it isn't really, it is one that agri-business is working hard to fulfill for themselves.
Scientists aim to beat flu with genetically modified chickens
I wonder who is funding this research, and who will benefit from this??

Are you feeling like a guinea pig yet?


6 comments:

  1. Good post and an interesting thought.

    There are certainly enough conspiracy theories going round on Bird Flu research.

    Those two research students mysteriously murdered in UK a few weeks back were about to have a breakthough in their work. Makes you wonder, doesn't it.

    And let's face it, it's always about money.

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  2. yes, it is always about the money.

    And a massive bird flu pandemic, loss of human life aside, would certainly scare the remaining people into loving gm chickens, and by extension all other gm food.

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  3. btw: birdfluman is demonstrating economic opportunity abounds ;)

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  4. Um, actually, it's not always about the money. The people who are richer than God don't want more money. What they want is a world population of 500 million. They said so.

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  6. nobody, I am going to have to agree to disagree here, because, I am of the opinion that it is about the money,along with the population reduction.

    The patenting of life forms, by agri-business is going on at this time and it is being done to make money.

    If it wasn't about making money, why even bother spending the money to do the research and lobby the government, etc. etc.??

    If two birds can be killed with one stone, pardon the pun, all the better.

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