CRISPR against climate change

New ethics report for modern genetic engineering in the environment. This is probably to use genetically modified plants such as rice and eel grass to keep more of the carbon compounds in the leaves, as well as release less methane from them. Ecosystems where carbon is sunk or stored, such as in peat bogs, rainforests and sea grasses, hold the potential for a lot of greenhouse gas under their roots. These greenhouse gases are released when agriculture is established on them, and ditches and drains emit more methane. Where rainforests in South America have been removed, grass or genetically modified plants such as soy have been established, which take up and fix nitrogen into feed and food products. This will also lead to areas that contribute to relatively more greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane than before.

Climate change is changing the biogeography of the Earth. These changes occur on land as well as in the sea. The consequences are becoming enormous. Deploying biotechnological innovations on an industrial scale and spreading them globally can have unpredictable consequences for sustainable soil. Forests turn into fodder, and fodder into food, and at the same time this emergency shelter should help reduce greenhouse gases. And should there be any problems, GMO CRISPR will save humanity with more new seeds for more options.

The sight of kilometer after kilometer of monocultures, protected by patents and associated chemical agents, can become disturbing, disorienting both humans and wildlife. It is also possible to realize that CRISPR algae are being seeded over the ocean. This is to stop the enormous chemical precipitation that takes place due to a global shift towards new optimal temperatures and acidity for the ocean. Genetic engineering for phytoplankton that will lower greenhouse gases or displace algae that produce greenhouse gases is as if the battle for sanity has been lost.

When every seed is developed as industrial technology and given a patent and chemical agents that can kill everything else, and a law that protects this seed wherever it appears, an industry is in the wrong mode. This is to increase and retain income from the technology. There are probably no minor changes foreseen. In contrast, a CRISPR gene change in one seed can be transformed into billions of seeds with the same gene change. Subsequently, these will probably be used in crossing with crops with other CRISPR changes, etc.

CRISPR is intended to be able to repair genes or change genes or remove genes. Overall, CRISPR's impact will probably be the sum of many different small changes. These combinations can act very quickly, and be followed by epic large-scale production. This is in contrast to the simple minor and precise changes claimed by the new developers and their promoters. There is also no doubt that GMO technologists may be interested in CRISPR technology, and that they may develop complicated hybrids derived from GMO and CRISPR lines with complicated problems.

Deforestation to establish GMO crops and flammable GMO forests can contribute to the collapse of a sustainable climate. The same may be true for CRISPR crops. These can be inventive, but the producers will probably be able to make several "small" changes before they will establish crops that they can protect with their technology. It should be stressed that CRISPR gene technology is an invention, and releasing it is hasty. It should have a long way to go before it is accepted as a miracle that will save the world also against climate change.


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