Biotechnology

Microchips?

Reccently there has been talk online and in the media about implantable RFID chips. The reason for this is that a US company asked if its employee's would like to have a chip fitted, 50 of them agreed and are now able to open doors, operate printers, and buysnacks all with the wave of a hand. However this caused a massive backlash with people saying it was a slippery slope and soon people will be tracked with these chips, some said that the employees where being spied on, some even claimed that people who consent to these chips are no longer human. However very little has been said on the benifits of this technology, so in this blog i will set out the potential uses of this powerfull technology and also explain that how (very mcuh like the internet) it will both be one of the greatest changes of our time and one of the most dangerous.

Danfox Davies : The Genetic Grinch Scenario

(or How Gene Patent Trolls Stole Your Food)

This article is made of a few different parts. The first is a hypothetical dystopian scenario, but one very much rooted in our lives and perfectly possible trajectories of trends. Company names and product names mentioned are used only as EXAMPLES in that part of the article, and no bias or prediction of actual corporate actions or combinations is intended. The fact that I have to say this makes some of my point for me.

The second deals with the present in the USA, and places the reader in the position of an American plains arable farmer, finishing with a mild dipping of toes into conspiracy conjecture.

The third compares the direction of the GMO food industry with that of pharmaceutical firms and puts it against the backdrop of TTIP/TPP/TISA negotiation.

The fourth explains more reasons why banning GMOs will not help.

The fifth is to say you should decide what you CAN do, and makes suggestions.

YOU WOULDN'T STEAL A LUNCH