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Out of the Mouths of Babes

27 Sep

Three, sixteen-year old American girls have won Google’s “global science competition” prize.  These three girls leaned that many crops germinate in direct proportion to the presence of a particular bacteria in the soil.  Thus, they hypothesized that by increasing the amount of that bacteria in the soil, crops might germinate more quickly and produce greater yields.  They tested their hypothesis over a period of eleven months and discovered that by increasing the concentration of bacteria in the soil, some crop yields might be increased by up to 50%.

This is no small thing.  Increasing crop yields by 3% is interesting and profitable.  Increasing crop yields by 50% can save lives.  This increase might help feed millions of hungry people.  These three teenage girls have achieved a ground-breaking scientific discovery in their kitchens and backyards that’s eluded college-educated scientists working in the multi-million-dollar laboratories of major corporations.  Children with little more than laptops, test tubes, seeds, patience and an understanding of the scientific method may have changed the world.

Google gave the girls $50,000 college scholarships, a trip to the Galapagos Islands and and an opportunity to participate in a summer program for possible astronauts.

Here’s a video of these three teenagers (sometimes wearing ill-fitting laboratory smocks like little girls dressed up in their mom’s dresses and high heels) which explains how they achieved their extraordinary discovery.

I’m blown away.

I don’t know if the world’s major corporations are impressed or terrified.  It’s not news, but it’s more evidence that the world of scientific discovery is no longer confined to big money and big corporations.  Even kids can change the world.  This capacity for individuals defies the ideas of “central planning” and “central control” that underlie the New World Order and global government.

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Incidentally, I’m not a scholar–or even a student–of GMO crop issues.  But, if I understand correctly, GMO plants include a built-in genetic pesticide to help protect them from insects and such.  More, GMO plants are designed to be resistant to herbicides like Monsanto’s Roundup (glyphosate).  As a result, farmers can plant GMO seeds, spray the field with glyphosate and thereby kill other plants (weeds) that would compete with the GMO crop.  By killing the weeds and leaving the GMO crop, yields can be increased.   The GMO theory seems irresistible.

GMO practice reportedly leaves something to be desired.  Insects are developing resistance to glyphosate and are becoming something like “super-bugs”.  Persistent use of glyphosate may cause long-term damage to the soil.

So, I’m wondering–if the three girls are right and increasing the concentration of certain, beneficial bacteria in the soil can increase crop yields by up to 50%–is it possible that the Roundup/glyphosate used as an herbicide with GMO plants not only kills weeds, but also stunts or kills the beneficial bacteria in the topsoil?  If so, once the beneficial bacteria were killed, how long would it take before that bacteria were naturally restored to the topsoil?  What would happen to crop yields so long as the beneficial bacteria were reduced or eliminated?  Could repeated applications of glyphosate “sterilize” the topsoil and render it incapable of growing crops?

Again, I’m not knowledgeable about GMO science.  Bacteria are not exactly animals, insects or plants.  But the GMO technology is supposed to kill just about every other plant and pest in the field other than the GMO plant.   So, I can’t help wondering if glyphosate can kill weeds, can it also kill bacteria?  And, if glyphosate can kill bacteria in the soil, would the increased yields that we might get by using GMO seeds and glyphosate today be worth whatever diminished yields might result tomorrow?

I’ll probably have to find some teenager to answer that question for me.

 

(When I was a kid, we always thought we were smarter than our parents–but we weren’t.  Today, thanks to the internet and computers, kids may not only think they’re smarter than their parents–they might even be right.)

 
10 Comments

Posted by on September 27, 2014 in GMO, Science, Technology, Video

 

10 responses to “Out of the Mouths of Babes

  1. Frank Moorman

    September 27, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Ole Trafficante- he just died. Fell off a tractor.

     
  2. Toland

    September 27, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    New scientific discoveries have always been more of an individual than a collective enterprise. On the other hand, the implementation of science for the betterment of mankind has been, and remains, a notably collective effort. This is true for product R&D, and even more so for the economy as a whole.

    No first-world economy has ever existed, or is even plausible with current means, absent the legal and other infrastructure provided by government (which is fine by the billionaire sponsors of anarcho-capitalism, who would use their money to rule over a low-birthrate, eco-friendly, de-industrialized population of third world serfs with zero collective political power: a return to the Dark Ages).

    The challenge is to find a proper balance between the political tyranny of too much government versus tyranny under the moneyed class – bankers, gangsters and oligarchs – which arises with too little government.

    A good sign your society has achieved this balance is an expanding, upwardly mobile middle class, such as America and certain parts of Europe had in the not-too-big government, social solidarity years from 1950 to 1970. We’ve never had it better, in a lot of ways.

     
  3. Henry

    September 27, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    Monsanto’s Roundup (glyphosate) is a killer. It’s especially a testosterone killer, as part of the NWO’s multi-front attack on masculinity (socially, biologically, etc.) and concurrent goal of reducing the population, to undermine the nations.

    And, as bad as glyphosate is for adult men, it is even more harmful to prepubescent and infant boys and the male fetus. Given that Roundup is now very commonplace, the only answer is to source from farms that don’t use pesticides. Your male children will thank you for it when they’re grown.

    Among many sources, see this article:

    Is Monsanto’s Herbicide Harming Male Fertility?

    In a disturbing new study published last month (Dec. 2011) in the Journal of Toxicology in Vitro, researchers found that Monsanto’s popular “weed killer” known as Roundup, which has already been linked to over 25 adverse health effects, is also capable of interfering with and/or harming the male reproductive system.

    Researchers tested Roundup, a glyphosate-based herbicide, on mature rat testicular cells at a concentration range between 1 and 10,000 ppm, which they described as “the range in some human urine and in environment to agricultural levels.” They found that within 1 to 48 hours of Roundup exposure testicular (Leydig) cells were damaged or killed.

    What is more disturbing is that even at a lower, presumably “non toxic” concentration of 1 ppm of Roundup, or glyphosate by itself, testosterone concentrations were observed to decrease by 35%.

    Keep in mind that 1 ppm of Roundup is an infinitesimal concentration. Distilled water, as a reference point, contains between 5-10 ppm of dissolved solids. How can such a small concentration of Roundup/glyphosate cause such a profound disruption of biological activity in testicular cells? The phenomenon is known as endocrine disruption.

    (…)

    http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/monsantos-herbicide-harming-male-fertility

     
  4. Michael

    September 28, 2014 at 4:23 AM

    Al, your fear is speculative. I have seen no studies to claim that glyphosate has any effect on bacteria. I suggest a solution to this problem: shorten or eliminate patents on GMOs and lots of other things such as software.

     
  5. cynthia

    September 28, 2014 at 5:43 AM

    I would not be surprised if this process is then “patented” by Google for its own profits with no residuals to those girls who came up with the process because they without reading the fine print took the ‘benefits’ or ‘offerings’ from google, the money and trip etc. Essentially they sold their process carte blanche to google that wants to own literally everything, even your dna, though thankfully that actual attempt got ‘canned’ or ‘blocked’ at least temporarily in ‘court’… for now…

     
    • Toland

      September 28, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      cynthia, I don’t think we have to worry about Google stealing the process. Unless the original inventor of a process assigns the patent to someone else, only the original inventor can patent a process.

      If these girls are the original inventors (maybe they are – I haven’t seen who is), I seriously doubt their parents would have signed over patent rights to Google in order to enter this contest. Google would catch a lot of heat if that happened, even if they technically followed the law.

      Google has recently become famous for being one of the New World Order’s most important companies. They are playing a much bigger game than stealing girls’ patents.

      Then again, Monsanto, another key asset of the New World Order, does plenty of stealing. That’s the company the girls should be concerned about.

       
      • Michael Lee

        September 29, 2014 at 3:46 AM

        Al,

        How are you?

        Do you know anything about the law in Texas requiring a peace officer to have three forms of ID?

        Michael

         
      • Adask

        September 29, 2014 at 12:10 PM

        I’m OK–so far as I know.

        No, I’m not aware of any requirement for Texas peace officers to carry three forms of ID.

         
  6. palani

    September 28, 2014 at 6:51 AM

    Glyphosate is a chelating agent. It tends to lock up minerals in the soil that are then not available to the plant. Farmers have found that foliar application (applied as a spray to the leaves) of a mineral solution to growing plants after Roundup application will provide better yields and hopefully provide a better quality crop.

    From the social side Roundup is a farm killer. If a 200 acre farmer can make ten grand a year from his labors then ten of these small farms can be joined by a single ‘operator’ who can then make a hundred grand off his labors. As farmers were informed in the 1970s by Earl Butz, the then Secretary of Agriculture, “get big or get out”. Now I never determined the source of the authority for this direction but I would surmise there is nothing constitutional about the federal government telling farmers how big they need to be so I have arrived at the solution that what he was talking about was getting out of the financial plane entirely (known as abandoning the FRN).

     
    • Mike

      September 28, 2014 at 11:11 AM

      Well stated.

      To understand why the fed govt believes they have legal powers that appear to conflict with The Constitution we need to look at the illegal ratification of the 14th Amendment. That is the key to their illegal actions.

      In a nutshell, it put every living US citizen under the federal jurisdiction of their administrative corporation. It wasn’t signed by the sitting president, multiple senators were led out of the chambers at gunpoint to avoid a no vote and when put up against Marbury V Madison, its unlawful.
      Worth looking into via resurrecttherepublic dot com in the articles section – they have the proof.

       

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