Why Biodiversity Matters

I have posted this graph many times before. Today I just wish to take another look at it and explain what it is you’re looking at. There is a huge problem with the decline in wild animals that I wish to explain.

Consider for example, the decline in the Bonobo. The lesser known sibling of the common chimpanzee, the Bonobo is a gentle ape that tends to avoid violence and prefers a diet of fruit. Some sources say there are between 30,000 and 50,000 living south of the Congo river, others say there are less than 20,000 left.

Unfortunately, the population of humans in Congo is increasing rapidly, putting the future of Bonobo at risk. The Bonobo may very well end up extinct in the wild. What happens when the Bonobo dies out? The Bonobo is the main seed dispersing animal for most of the trees in the Congolese rainforest.

They eat seeds, these seeds spend about 24 hours passing through their intestinal tract and then end up many kilometers away from the place where the bonobo ate the fruit. It’s thought that 65% of all tree species in the Bonobo’s rainforest habitat depend on the Bonobo for dispersal, with every individual Bonobo spreading 11.6 million individual seeds in his lifetime on average. Some seeds specifically depend on the Bonobo’s intestinal tract, to begin germination. There are no other animals in the Congolese rainforest that can replace their role. So what happens, is that without the Bonobo the rainforest itself will just die.

Now consider what is happening to the population of humans in Congo. In 1950, there were 13 million humans in Congo. In 2020 there are 90 million humans in Congo. By 2050 there will be 145 million. By 2100 there will be 431 million according to current UN projections.

So when LSWM gurus like Elon Musk and Alex Jones whine about elites wanting to reduce the population and being anti-human and women needing to pop out more children, I would ask you: What is supposed to happen to the Bonobo? What is supposed to happen to the forest these apes inhabit? Anyone with an IQ above room temperature wants to reduce the human population.

In reality, the only chance the Bonobo has for survival is if some sort of plague were to strike Congo. And there’s not a lot of time left, it needs to happen fast. There is no method of feeding 431 million people in Congo that does not involve destruction of the Bonobo’s habitat. All those hungry people will simply hunt the Bonobos as meat and destroy their habitat.

There is no substitute for biodiversity and you can’t just fix it after you’ve lost it. Consider this image that’s shared a lot, as a supposed example of American environmental stewardship:

The forest coverage bottoms out around 1900, before recovering. Great, but what happened to the forests? Old growth forests with a lot of different species were chopped down. These were replaced by just a small number of species, with limited genetic diversity. Oftentimes people went for species that grow rapidly, like Ash trees.

It has been found that there is a kind of “herd immunity for trees“. A handful of American Ash trees are naturally resistant to the Emerald Ash Borer killing Ash trees. But if you cover a number of the trees in insecticides, you also protect surrounding trees. In other words, with a high enough naturally resistant share of Ash trees, you wouldn’t be suffering the massive forest diebacks you’re witnessing right now. The reason forests in Europe and North America are being decimated by these insects and fungal pathogens, is because the genetic diversity of these forests is very low. Of course when too many of your trees die at once, you get other problems too. The abundance of dead trees now fuels forest fires.

Within ecosystems there are keystone species that are central in the web of life and there are more peripheral species. You could compare this to how a building will have walls that carry the rest of the structure and walls that have no such role to play. If Lemurpediculus robbinsi, the parasitic louse that infects Crossley’s dwarf lemur went extinct, the world would probably continue to revolve around the sun.

But other species are far more vital and we don’t always know exactly why. Consider migratory waterfowl. These birds have a very important and unintuitive role in the ecosystem. Birds are vulnerable to influenza viruses, that can also jump into mammals. These viruses can become highly lethal. But highly lethal viruses will struggle to spread themselves around the world, because the migratory waterfowl that spread influenza need to be able to make long journeys that tax their bodies.

By spreading influenza during their journeys around the world, the migratory waterfowl keep the virulence of influenza strains low. Our massive factory farms for chickens and other birds have the exact opposite effect: They encourage influenza viruses to become steadily more virulent. One has to wonder what the effect will be of our ability to spread SARS2 variants across the whole globe within hours, thanks to modern air travel.

For other species their importance is even less obvious. Why do we need woodpeckers? Because the holes they can drill into trees with their special adaptations are used as nests by other species. Not just birds use these holes, but bats use them too. The bats in turn of course prey on insects at night.

Beavers are perhaps the best studied example of a keystone species. Beavers build dams, that change the whole ecosystem. Fish have a place to spawn their eggs. Many other animals will use a beaver dam as a bridge, to get from one location to the other, as can be seen in the video above. The dams can also help combat erosion and filter nutrients from the water.

And in many situations, overall biodiversity matters too. Consider the example of malaria. Malaria is a parasite that has historically helped keep human population levels low. Malaria can not spread itself, when there are too many non-human animals for every human in an ecosystem. The reason for this is because the parasite can only replicate in primates, but the mosquito will readily bite any warm-blooded animal, so with enough non-human animals, the parasites end up in dead-end hosts too often for them to sustain themselves.

When biodiversity becomes low, the species that make up most of the population in an ecosystem become very vulnerable to pathogens. Our human susceptibility to malaria is a good example. The surviving non-human species suffer the same problem however. The more their diversity declines, the more vulnerable they become to pathogens.

For human food production this is also an issue. We know for example that we have a problem with stem rust, a fungal pathogen affecting our staple crops. So what we need, are genetic reservoirs, where the undomesticated versions of our crops survive, like wild maize.

Unfortunately, we contaminated those with transgenes, from our genetically modified crops. In Mexico, the wild maize has inherited the Bt gene that makes our genetically manipulated maize resistant to insects. So what happens to the wild maize in Mexico? The biodiversity is lost, as the handful of wild maize plants that inherited the Bt genes from cross-pollination with the genetically manipulated plants have a massive reproductive advantage over the other wild maize plants.

Ultimately, the biggest problem life on Earth faces is the biodiversity crisis. We are in the middle of the sixth mass extinction. Forty percent of all land on Earth is used to produce food. Most of that land is used directly or indirectly for meat production. A cow converts only 2% of the protein ingested into edible protein for humans.

There is now a huge abundance of humans, cows, pigs and chickens. All of the worlds chickens weigh three times as much as all of the world’s wild birds. The wild waterfowl do what they have done for generations, they spread mild versions of influenza around the world. But how are they supposed to compete, with the chicken farms where humans keep breeding highly lethal hot forms of influenza, because the virus doesn’t have to keep the chickens alive to spread from one chicken to the next?

Humans could simply collectively choose to stop this madness. There is no biological need for humans to eat chickens, cows or pigs. But you can look around you, how little desire humans really have to solve the problems they have created. The inevitable outcome is that the whole web of life will become vulnerable to the new viruses that are emerging. As we are unwilling to correct the ecological imbalance we have created ourselves, nature will have to do it for us.

12 Comments

  1. You know, I don’t care about all the practical arguments for protecting our world’s species. Animals are beautiful, nature is beautiful. If you don’t want to preserve beautiful things; you’re an inferior being only fit for slavery. I don’t even care that Bill Gates was probably fucking children with Epstein; he was trying to do SOMETHING about nigger overflow, so that makes Gates better than Musk.

    • Epstein’s island had nothing whatsoever to do with what the TPTB ostensibly “conceal” (i.e. there were no children), but the “conspiracy” is devised this way because this is what TPTB want you to think (i.e. the red herring). In Aussie Australia Melbourne was where the virus and the so-called “vaccines” were devised, in a 60 year project covering two generations. Epstein’s island was simply the meeting point, the hosting point where the dispersal / roll-out was coordinated. The underlying problem is too many humans and most humans unwilling to change or give up their planet destroying lifestyle. TPTB knew about this problem 100 years ago, and that the time would inevitably come where a mass cull of humans would be required. Additionally, there would be a need for germ-line gene therapy to deal with the fertility problem, otherwise a cull would be required every 100 years. The virus will do the killing. The injections are to firstly ensure that the virus stays in circulation forever, and secondly to make sure that the daughters of the injected females suffer immune system embryo rejection, when their yet to be born daughters become pregnant 30 years from now.

      https://www.aai.org/About/History/Notable-Members/Nobel-Laureates/FMacfarlaneBurnet

      Yes, they know about the problem.
      Yes, they have devised the solution.
      Yes, it has been rolled-out now.

  2. “Anyone with an IQ above room temperature wants to reduce the human population.”

    To preserve some semblance of hope and sanity, I am looking for counterpoints to the doom and gloom predictions and pessimistic views from this blog (no offense, nothing personal) and environmental activists such as Pentti Linkola.

    Here is Larry Summers, a highly intelligent and successful Jewish economist/academic/businessman discussing a book which seeks to refute some of the dire Malthusian predictions of overpopulation and resource depletion:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=z6KwzSqtf3c&pp=ygUWU3VwZXJhYnVuZGFuY2Ugc3VtbWVycw%3D%3D

    Because remember, if there is a group of high I.Q. individuals that will utilise the power of the free market to develop technological solutions to climate change (e.g. economically feasible direct air capture of CO2), it is the Jews. Tel Aviv has more tech startups per capita than anywhere else on Earth.

    • You people can’t help yourselves, you just have to talk about jews 24/7. “Academic says something retarded but he’s jewish so it’s actually brilliant.” People who care about jews are all infected with brainrot.

      Summers isn’t any different from any other secular cosmopolitan urban academic. “Growth good because GDP! Things aren’t actually bad because you have more access to goods and services!” No, it doesn’t fucking matter that you can buy more goods than you could a hundred years ago; and you’re misconstruing the argument that we’re running out resources. Running out of resources doesn’t mean you can no longer buy ravioli at Walmart (There’s more ravioli at Walmart than ever before, and Summers acts like this means we’re living in abundance.) it means the natural resources of our world are being depleted. You people believe science is like the magic in Star Trek, and it will just conjure up solutions, well bud, it hasn’t and it won’t. Your God is a false one.

      • As a Christian, this is the problem that I have. As a Christian, I am placed in the intolerable situation of being forced to worship a Jew and a mother of a Jew (i.e. I must worship two Jews, one a virgin, perhaps both virgins). If, however, I simply refuse to worship these two Jews, then by application of simple logic, then I am a Jew. Other than converting to being a Muslim, I am stuck with two bad options. This is why I take drugs. When I take drugs, then I can plainly see that Orange Jesus Trump, as either the first or second coming of Christ, Trump a Christian, Orange Jesus Trump, will solve my problem. I will worship Trump, as he descends onto the holy land, as the Son of God himself.

    • Going off first impressions, this man Summers is a deranged priest of a dangerous cult.

      And no, I’m not talking about him being a Jew.

      I’m talking about him being an economist.

    • Sorry, I have to come back and make another comment to flesh this out a bit more.

      Economics is indeed a dangerously outmoded religion, and honestly, if all that its priests have left in the tank is fecklessly promoting books about debunked myths, such as ‘superabundance’, then things are desperate indeed:

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myth_of_superabundance

      However, if this sort of thing helps ease your mind, then I have some ‘rooster eggs’ for sale that you might be interested in. All you have to do is give me increasing sums of money in the hope that my roosters will just pop them out once the price is right 🙂

      Hope? As per my roster egg example, hope might be important, but it’s not enough if the rest of the plan is simply delusional, based on false myths, fictional, etc. Because in that case, the ‘hope’ is just an illusion that conceals the mistake you’re about to make.

      Haven’t we all made enough of those already?

  3. I’d gladly trade a million Africans for another thousand bonobos, rhinos, giraffes, and cheetahs, to last as long as possible.
    Does that make me a bad person?
    No, it makes me pro-life.

    • Ten thousand dead African sacrificed on the altar of the lion. Lion looks down at his servants from his thrones, and conveys understanding through irises of gold. Simba wants more.

      MORE BLOOD FOR SIMBA!

    • Is it because those who continue to promote a lifestyle that is destructive to biodiversity cannot be trusted to solve the problem of overpopulation?
      If the host claims the opposite, then I agree it is puzzling.

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