Why using SexyPlant is a step too far in humanity's constant meddling with nature
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This week it was revealed that scientisits have developed SexyPlant, with the intention of them replacing the pesticides currently used to protect certain crops. However, the announcement has sparked a debate over how far humans should meddle with nature until they turn into pests themselves. The idea to fundamentally alter the chemical makeup of their surroundings hadn’t crossed the minds of modern humans for millennia. They could only dream of having an easier way of travelling, tending fatter livestock and growing healthier crops. This all changed, says Yuval Noah Harari in his book ‘Sapiens’, around 10,000 years ago during the Agricultural Revolution. Here, modern humans realised that if they mated the fattest hen with the slowest cock, and then those offspring with each other, they could get slow-moving juicy chickens for half the effort. This was, in effect, creating a new breed of chickens that the world had yet borne witness to and in doing this, modern humans bridged the gap between being Homo Sapiens and intelligent designers. Modern humans have since tampered with the biological makeup of the world, and more recently, scientists have devised a new way disrupt the mating of pests in agriculture. The new device, tastefully named the Sexy Plant, is a genetically modified plant that produces insect sex pheromones. These pheromones promote mating disruption, and prevent females from finding mates and laying eggs on the crops, which the larvae eventually destroy. Modified pheromone plants already exist but guard higher value crops like tomatoes and berries. Scientists hope that in the future the Sexy Plant will be placed alongside lower-end crops and be more cost-effective.
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