Scientists are warning of a new technology that could also be used as a weapon of war. The journal Science issued on October 5th a disturbing study report on a US DARPA. It reports advanced research on the use of insects to spread genetically modified viruses to control diseases affecting plants and/or animals.
The researchers from the Universities of Montpellier and Fribourg released a warning that the US army’s project might also be employed as biowarfare. They are alarmed by this new technology, which would release viruses carried by aphids, flies, mites, mosquitoes, as well as other insects that are easy to reproduce in large numbers into the wild.
This program, named “Insect Allies” and launched by the US DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), aims to alter the chromosomes and DNA of plants or animals threatened by one or more diseases. The objective is to eventually lead to the elimination of genetically modified seeds and a reduction in air treatment. Some of these insect-borne viruses were intended to help cereals such as wheat, maize or tomatoes withstand the stress of droughts. This research program would have already led to initial experiments, first in greenhouses and then on selected and monitored fields.
The US DARPA’s “Insect Allies” program, aimed to use insect-borne viruses to help plants and animals, accused of being a hidden biowarfare
Scientists who contest and fear the experimentation and generalization of this project explain that they have serious doubts about its effectiveness and especially that they are afraid that it may one day lead to uncontrolled slippages. One of the authors, Guy Reeves, stated that “it is much easier to develop a biological weapon than to develop techniques that facilitate the work of farmers.”
The scientists who denounce this project obviously think that it is no coincidence that this program has been entrusted to the US military. They fear that insect-borne viruses may be used as biowarfare against the enemies of the United States. Because once the technology has stabilized, it is evident that winged vectors could also spread diseases designed to destroy thousands of hectares of crops or sterilize their seeds after harvest.
In short, this technology could easily cause famines in a region or country that is an enemy of the United States. This perspective, however, was denied by Dr. Blake Bextine, the scientist in charge of this program at the US DARPA. But he does not explain why the US officials within the country’s Department of Agriculture have not been involved in this research which is currently classified as “secret.”