Friday, April 13, 2007
REDUCING THE POPULATION HUMANELY
Scientists say they've identified a genetic variation that helps make small dogs small, instead of big like great danes. It's a string of doggy DNA that regulates a growth hormone--called insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1)--that mammals from mice to humans make. Knowledge News
Can you guess where I am going with this?
If we take a 6 foot tall person to be the great dane, then fostering the growth of the IGF1 hormone would produce toy-humans that would consume less food to eat, fuel to transport and room to live. If the goal of rescuing the planet from the cancerously prolific population humans represent is to ever to be accomplished against the sludge of humanity's unwillingness to change its ways, reducing the size of the individuals involved would buy us some time to work out a better behavior solution. Maybe
I hope the ridiculousness of this proposal to accomplish a lower impact of humanity on the health of the planet emphasizes the sanity and moral obligation for all of us to translate our observation of civilization's negative influence on the environment into personal behavior modifications such as found here and here.