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Gaianne, do you know about biological pest control? Often the best remedy for the havoc wreaked by the introduction of an allochtonous species into an ecosystem (which becomes a pest even if it wasn't one in its home environment) is to identify a specific parasite  or predator from its home environment and introduce it in its turn.

After a few instances of this we have learnt that it is just not wise to introduce new species into an ecosystem. Because of the economic consequences of this, the US has strict controls on importation of food, let alone living beings or seeds.

It is unfortunate that the same awareness does not extend to GM foods, but eventually it must when the economic damage from it forces governments to regulate GM crops like they do foreign species.

I agree with technopolitical that it is always a good thing to know more, not less, about what can be done to mitigate the effects of our past mistakes.

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Oct 14th, 2006 at 07:15:11 AM EST
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