I shit you not. This is the real deal. The lunatics in lab coats have now created a blue strawberry. The article’s from March 2012, but it is in no way irrelevant by being six months old. It’s rather quite illustrative of just how fucking crazy the world we are creating really is.
This Frankenberry (or should I say Fishberry) is not yet on the market as they’re still torturing — whoops, “experimenting with” — it. Naturally (pun not intended), the bottom line of this fucking batshit insane screwing around with billions of years of evolution is actually about money. If you read between the lines of this paragraph, drawn from the article:
How did scientists make it blue and why, aside from the cool factor? When scientists discovered the Arctic Flounder Fish produces antifreeze to protect itself in frigid water, they wondered what would happen if they introduced the gene that produces the antifreeze in to a strawberry plant. They didn’t set out to make it blue, it just happened that way. Something else happened, too. They discovered the blue strawberry plant can withstand freezing temperatures. An important discovery meaning it won’t turn to mush when placed in the freezer. This means the strawberries could be stored longer, increasing their shelf life.
The boldface was selected by me. Because that’s the key to this whole miscegenation tango. It’s about extending the shelf life to maximize profit. It’s always about the profit. Long term consequences be damned. Cost to nature and whatever passes for humanity’s soul be damned. “We can make money off this, and look! It’s blue! We can market the FUCK out of these. Yeah, yeah, a small testing sample detected a fishy odor and taste, but the potential for market share is enormous!”
You think that’s not what they’re all really thinking deep down? It’s always about the profit. Because profit is the god they really pray to, even when they claim to do things purely in the interests of science. Because science is the religion of control that has evolved out of and alongside capitalism and they are part and parcel of the same wretched, abhorrent, repulsive paradigm — the one that says that civilization is supreme and all of everything else must be sacrificed in blood and pain on its dark altar. Because we can.
There is one thing I’m really grateful for: the blue color was an accident. They probably would have tried to slip these Fishberries right into the market without telling anyone at all that they have changed them because the labeling laws in this country are a fucking joke. At least the blue color makes them have to be honest about that one crucial bit of information.