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Re: A new promise: GE plants will detect landmines



Well maybe just let some of the seed blow in the wind.

>I was actually wondering who was going to supply the helicopters
>to the poor farmers to plant the seeds, or did I miss something?
>wytze
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>On 13 Feb 2001, at 23:58, Dave Wengraf wrote:
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>> So if these plants that are able to detect land mines will become
>> obsolete because weapon companies will build mines that won't leak,
>> there is no point in developing these plants?
>>
>> Despite the large numbers of mines already laid that could be
>> detected?
>>
>> Dave
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>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Christoph Reuss" <creuss@bluewin.ch>
>> To: <gentech@gen.free.de>
>> Sent: Friday, February 09, 2001 10:02 AM
>> Subject: Re: A new promise: GE plants will detect landmines
>>
>>
>> > How absurd can the GE 'promises' get?  It won't work anyway, because
>> > if
>> only
>> > one or a few mines in a field have already exploded (which is the
>> > case in MOST mine fields), or if the area was shelled, the *whole
>> > area* is
>> cluttered
>> > with "traces of TNT", so the whole area will be "detected" by those
>> > wonderplants -- not just the locations of mines.
>> >
>> > And even if it would work as claimed, it would be only be a matter
>> > of time before the manufacturers would produce "non-TNT-leaking"
>> > mines which would be undetectable by the wonderplants.  Leading to a
>> > high number of false negatives (i.e. victims) and even more business
>> > for the arms traders.
>> >
>> > We know this whole idea of "technical wonder-fixes" for the idiocy
>> > of
>> mankind
>> > also from the medical field, and there it fails just as miserably.
>> > It
>> would
>> > really be smarter to invest all this money and manpower into
>> > prevention of causes instead of treatment of symptoms.  But alas,
>> > there's less money to make from the former.
>> >
>> > Chris
>> >
>> >
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