Brazil Plans To Put Microchips in Trees With Careless Oversight
Brazil plans to put microchips in the world's largest forest without measuring the potential sensitivities experienced by trees when exposed to radio frequencies.
They're calling it a tool in the battle to protect the largest rainforest on earth. According to the story, the microchip attached to the base of the tree will hold key information like the tree's location, size, and who cut it down.
It is only a small pilot project, but its leaders say the microchip system has the potential to be a big step forward in the battle to protect the Amazon.
However, ecologists and botanists weighing in on the plan are not so convinced this will benefit anybody but the companies who profit from the deforestation of the Amazon.
Botanist Paul Joseph says the chips are supposed to allow land owners using sustainable forestry practices to distinguish their wood from illegal logging, however there are no regulations for the process. "Since there will be no planned regulatory process, this is a complete deception by the Brazilian government on behalf of large forestry behemoths that want to squash the little guys," he stated.
Brazil is under international pressure to reduce deforestation that destroys thousands of square miles of the Amazon each year and make the country one of the world's biggest sources of greenhouse gasses.
B. Blake Levit stated "radiofrequency radiation (RF)—the part of the electromagnetic spectrum used in all-things-wireless today—is a known immune system suppressor, among other things. RF is a form of energetic air pollution and we need to understand it as such. The health of our planet may be in jeopardy from this newest environmental concern—added to all the others. Every aspect of the ecosystem may be affected, including all living species from animals, humans, plants and even microorganisms in water and soil. We are already seeing problems in sentinel species like birds, bats, and bees. Wildlife is known to abandon areas when cell towers are placed. Citizens need to call upon government to fund appropriate research and to get industry influence out of the dialogue. We ignore this at our own peril now.”
Joseph says the plan utterly disregards the delicate balance between trees and their surrounding environment especially without any studies to relate the effects. "We don't know what effect placing RF technology through the Amazon will cause because it's never been studied and should never be studied. The technology simply does not belong in the rainforest and we have no clue what the long-term consequences would be to living things and ecosystems," he concluded.