Fukushima spring? Dysmorphic specimens in the supermarkets

Today is Good Friday. Perhaps it’s not much of a stretch to see that nowadays instead of Christ being nailed to on the cross, it’s the earth and its biosphere that is being crucified through the irresponsible use of mutagenic technologies by people. We all have some share in the responsibility for this. Can this too be healed and redeemed?

From Rad Chick via Video Rebel blog:

Photo via Mutation Watch FB page

“Perusing the floral section in the supermarket is usually the first thing on my grocery list these days. For the past 3 years I have documented genetic damage not only plants growing locally in SE Michigan, but in domestic and imported plants, fruits, and produce being sold to the public. Some of my best finds have come from items grown along the Pacific Coast, and this week a recent shipment of spring bouquets and potted plants at Trader Joe’s proved the same is still happening, as I suspected it would.

First, I comb through the bouquets, camera in hand. I look at the most obvious part of the plant, the flower head including petals and center. If I can spot a mutation, I check the stem and related leaves included. I look for color anomalies as well, as we know from past research mutations in color genes is another known effect of exposure

During normal plant growth, the cells are self-organizing and grow in a symmetric pattern, following the Fibonacci Sequence of phyllotaxis. Phyllotaxis is the study of fractions and spirals in plants, which includes fruit and flower number, divergence angles, and petal numbers and formation. This pattern allows the plant to use the least amount of energy needed for amazingly rapid growth to maturity. Once the plant has reached it’s full potential, the perfect geometry of a plant allows it to absorb the sun’s rays and collect rainwater as efficiently as possible, channeling it to the stem for nourishment. Plato, Fibonacci, and Johanes Kepler all made contributions to the discovery and application of the Golden Ratio in nature. It appears in many aspects of our everyday world, including hurricanes, ram horns, spider webs, and snail shells, and even in the arrangement of our facial features. Also,take a look at our galaxy from above…we live in a Fibonacci Sequence. Our world is filled with many mysteries that scientists and mathematicians alike are working to figure out if this was just a coincidence, or something else. For whatever reason, it’s how normal plants grow, and it is also how we distinguish the normal from the mutated.

Damage to the DNA of the plant cells will disrupt this geometric growth pattern, leading to any number of mutational expressions such as conjoining, fasciation, gigantism,albinism, or other anomalies. These are known effects from decades of experimentation and research in areas of previous radioactive contamination, such as the areas around theChernobyl accident and Three Mile Island.

After sorting through bouquets, I move on to the potted plants. Gerbera Daisies in the past have yielded a surprising number of mutations in flower heads, stems, and leaves, and this week was no different. I suspect this is because they are closely related to Sunflowers, or Helianthus annuus , which are notorious for their ability to remove radioactive Cesium from soil. This particular batch of Gerberas came from British Colombia, Canada. The domesticated cultivars are mostly a result of a cross between Gerbera jamesonii and another South African species Gerbera viridifolia.  It is the fifth most used cut flower in the world (after rosecarnationchrysanthemum, and tulip). It is also used as a model organism in studying flower formation. Out of 18 potted Gerbera’s on this particular day at Trader Joe’s, more than half of the plants had some obviousevidence of mutation in just the blooms alone. I would venture to bet that if walked into your local Trader Joe’s today and looked carefully at their Gerbera Daisies, that you would have similar findings. If you do, please takes some pictures and share them with us on our new Mutation Map Project. Their colorful beauty also makes them a favorite eye-catching post for people sharing mutation images on social media, and increasing the awareness of genetic damage that is occurring.

I also found mutations in one of my favorite flowers, the perennial desert Sun Star, orOrnithogalum Dubium (which I purchased, and which now sits on my desk). This particular batch was imported from Monrovia, California, where Trader Joe’s also receives much of its vegetables supply including lettuce, kale, celery, and asparagus. They also source these same items from Mexico, which is the only produce I will buy from their store. I would prefer to get mine from Chile or Argentina, but I would have to go to a different store for that, and on this particular day I didn’t have the time, as my main concern was securing a few bottles of their Salsa Verde, which happens to be phenomenal.

Nature does geometry precisely and efficiently and without much effort, unless genetic damage interferes with the expression of its growth patterns. Considering that Cesium and other man-made toxic isotopes have been found  in US soil, including the Emerald Triangle of Humboldt County — where a large proportion of Medicinal Marijuana is grown – this is quite concerning. Not just for people who are eating produce from the west coast, but for those who are already sick and may be using cannabis to treat severe medical conditions, including cancer.

Using the Precautionary Principle we can further surmise, if you actually care about what you eat and what you feed your family, that unless food is being specifically and rigorously tested for radioactive contamination, any food grown here must be considered suspect, and that is especially true if this food will be eaten by pregnant women, children, or people who are already sick and immune-compromised. As of right now, the only food being checked is by individuals and independent evaluation without any help from our government agencies, although this has always been the purpose of their existence. Instead, they have become gate-keepers of damaging corporate-controlled science, and the gates remain currently closed to evidence or concern about food chain contamination from radioactive fallout. Even a Canadian high school student was able to recently prove in an award-winning science fair project, that Canadian grocery stores are selling contaminated produce to unsuspecting consumers. She will be attending the Canadian Nationals next month in Windsor Ontario to showcase her research. This may become one of the most important high school science fair projects in history, considering the  global implications of nuclear fallout working its way through our food chain….”

More on the Video Rebel blog.

Photo via Mutation Watch FB page.

Unfortunately the photos accompanying the Video Rebel story seem to have gone AWOL. Photos we’re using here are from the Mutation Watch FB page

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