I wish I was less of a scientist when a friend posts or tweets something and comments on “Mother Nature,” because all I can think of is, “It’s not Mother Nature, it’s science. That flower/fruit/animal was genetically engineered, by breeding, to be like that.”
For example, wild strawberries are teeny tiny compared to the Godzilla-sized ones you can buy at the store. Why? Because they’ve been bred.
Think about it- varieties of seedless fruits wouldn’t survive in the wild! Seedless grapes, watermelons, oranges- they are all the result of genetic engineering.
Also, a lot of hybrid crazy plants- lilies and roses, are just extreme phenotypes selected and bred.
Now, I know this makes me sound like a party popper, but I’m not. I am still in awe of Godzilla strawberries, insanely fragrant and colorful flowers, and I love seedless grapes (I mean, who wants seeds in there?), I just know that in addition to Mother Nature, I have human ingenuity to thank for them.