Greenspan's Warning: Little Value Placed on Weighing of Long Term Consequences
As Alan Greenspan makes headlines with his just-released memoir, “The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World,” one line stood out in his critique of current government policy: “Little value was placed…on the weighing of long term consequences.”
In no way is this more apparent than in the current race to convert our food supply to fuel, developing corn crops for ethanol, in an effort to reduce our dependency on foreign oil.
As Greenspan highlights, the effort “fundamentally focusing on how to maintain political power” has led to the corporate consolidation of the food and fuel supply into a single crop upon which we are increasingly dependent.
To meet this increased demand, bio-chemists have introduced the first ever eight-gene stacked DNA combination into corn. These eight genes are inserted into corn using live viruses and combine insecticidal toxins designed to kill creatures that attempt to eat it.
Given that our children are included in the list of creatures eating this corn, should we really be engineering the “first-ever” eight-gene, neurotoxic stack into our food supply while our government places “little value…on the weighing of long term consequences?”
Greenspan warns in his book that we have “traded principles for power.” Given that one out of every three American children now has ADHD, autism, allergies and asthma, have we traded something even greater?