Monday, August 15, 2011

Genetic Selection of Species for Survival

ט״ו באב תשע"א
Lughnasadh 17

According to our pro-paraffin Etsy chandler, we shouldn't use soy wax because soybean seeds may be genetically modified to resist herbicides and pesticides - following this line of thinking, diabetics shouldn't use humulin insulin to control their diabetes either as it is a genetically modified human insulin medicine demonstrated by research to be much safer to use than natural insulins derived from pigs.

I am a biochemist and have personally worked, not only in a pharmaceutical research laboratory (for the Pharmacia-Upjohn Company in Kalamazoo Michigan and in research laboratories at the University of Illinois), but with microbiological genetic reconstructions and genetic engineering. Not all genetic engineering is bad, wildflowers are weeds, and the evolutionary natural selection of homo sapiens over the neanderthals is nothing more than nature's use of genetic engineering to select species for survival able to resist adverse natural conditions. All of nature is on a path of evolutionary growth - certainly, the evolution of one species leads to the evolution of other species, be they animals or plants.

Nevertheless, growers of certified organic soybeans (from which the soy wax used at Witchcrafts is made) don't need to use a genetically engineered soybean resistant to herbicides and pesticides as these soybeans aren't grown using herbicides and pesticides!

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