[LMB] No lefties

Marc Wilson marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk
Sun Oct 6 23:50:33 BST 2019


On Sat, 5 Oct 2019 20:05:02 -0400 (EDT), alayne at twobikes.ottawa.on.ca
wrote:

>>> On Oct 4, 2019, at 9:55 PM, Douglas Weinfield <douglasw at his.com> wrote:
>>>
>>> What's your basis for thinking that random genetic variability will be
>better for tomorrow than an intentional effort to anticipate tomorrow?
>>> I mean, evolution works by killing off the weak branches, no?
>
>Bananas currently. The best breed for yield and ease of harvesting, which
>made it the most cultivated, is unfortunately the most prone to a disease
>which kills the plant.
>
>Or the Irish potato famine back in the 19th century.
>
>Relative monocultures -- a likely effect of genetic design -- can be
>easily brought down by new diseases or other threats.
>
50% of coffee species are under threat from climate change.
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