Monday, March 14, 2011

Some clones are more equal.

Over the last few years we've heard the 'green' people scream and yell over bio-engineered food crops. What they really mean is CLONED food crops.
The theory goes that we don't know enough about those crops to turn them loose in the environment. They might take over and kill native trees and grasses, cutting off the oxygen producers, thus killing us. Which makes this article interesting.
Redwoods and sequoias towering majestically over California's northern coast. Oaks up to 1,000 years old nestled in a secluded corner of Ireland. The legendary cedars of Lebanon.

They are among the most iconic trees on Earth, remnants of once-vast populations decimated by logging, development, pollution and disease. A nonprofit organization called Archangel Ancient Tree Archive is rushing to collect their genetic material and replant clones in an audacious plan to restore the world's ancient forests and put them to work cleansing the environment and absorbing carbon dioxide, the greenhouse gas largely responsible for global warming.

"In our infinite wisdom, we've destroyed 98 percent of the old growth forests that kept nature in balance for thousands of years," said David Milarch, the group's co-founder. "That's what we intend to put back."

Milarch, a tree nursery operator from the northern Michigan village of Copemish, and sons Jared and Jake have been producing genetic copies of ancient trees since the 1990s. They've now joined with Elk Rapids businesswoman Leslie Lee and a team of researchers to establish Archangel Archive, which has a staff of 17 and an indoor tree research and production complex.

Its mission: Clone the oldest and largest individuals within the world's most ecologically valuable tree species, and persuade people to buy and plant millions of copies — on factory grounds and college campuses; along riverbanks and city streets; in forests, farms, parks and back yards.

This should cause a interesting fight between the pro-clone 'greens' and the anti-clone 'greens'. If they aren't too busy rallying in WI against the Illegal Scott Walker Regime.


Spider said...

This is one of those times when my basic ideology goes off track a bit. Personally, i think cutting tress down, especially the very old ones, should be outlawed. All we need do is put the pointy-headed geeks to work to find another way to make paper.

I once read that we discovered about 50-60% of our current medicines from exploring only about 2% of the worlds rain forests, that is, those that are left. That, and the fact that they are home to an untold number of animal species, many of which we have yet to discover, makes them invaluable. Yes, i'm aware there are 3rd and 4th-world countries where the people destory every tree for heating and cooking fuel. IMO, save the trees, since they contribute more to the world than these people do.

My feelings are the same when it comes to animals in the wild. People should not be permitted to encroach on the natural habitat of wild animals as has become common in places like Africa and India, where whole species are becoming extinct simply because a few people want to grow a handful of rice or wheat. IMO, save the animals. They're more important.

Triffid said...

Feed the people!

To the animals and plants!

Schteveo said...

I'm with you on this one bud. Many people lose site of the fact that conservative starts with conserve! Having been in the NW of the country, there are a gazillion trees left out there. When ever you hear the 'green' people talk you'd think it was clear cut from L.A. going north to Canada. But what kills me, again, is the typical lefty horseshit quotient here.

Monsanto clone corn and wheat bad.

Green Peace cloned trees good.

That is such a load of bollocks that it hardly needs pointing out. I'm not worried about clones myself. Nature creates mutant cells by the billions daily, and they don't get crazy. But if everyone is fed, and no one is pissed off or screaming the left loses ALL their power.

If we could, like Capt. Kirk, replicate food, clothing or gold, you'd see a damned site fewer wars, and fewer still unions or liberal community organizer. There'd be no reason to fight or organize.

Spider said...

Don't kid yourself. They'd find a reason.

Schteveo said...

Yeah, but when everyone can replicate defense 'mechanisms', it's a fair, short, fight.

Anonymous said...

"America's abundance was created not by public sacrifices to the common good, but by the productive genius of free men who pursued their own personal interests and the making of their own private fortunes. They did not starve the people to pay for America's industrialization. They gave the people better jobs, higher wages, and cheaper goods with every new machine they invented, with every scientific discovery or technological advance- and thus the whole country was moving forward and profiting, not suffering, every step of the way." -- Ayn Rand