It looks like you are advocating eugenics, Laz. Or something similar. Or am I wandering off the mark again? (Not enough chocolate, as usual)
All our domestic animals and plants, as well as ourselves may be said to already be the product of eugenics. What it is about time to do is realize this truth and stop allowing ourselves to be sold a lie. There is no going back to "Nature" there is the possibility that we take responsibility for defining "Nature" and then defending and developing that idea.
I am not advocating the common view of eugenics. I am against doing these things by neglect and through plausible deniability by begging "ignorance," as reason for innocence. What I am saying is that if Darwin sailed on the Beagle today the objective analysis of the global environment would show that more of it is influenced by what is called artificial selection than natural selection right now. In large part this is not benign neglect; it is through the malicious manipulation of ignorance for exploitive intent.
The politics and economics of environmentalism as it is currently structured is trapped in an arcane and futile debate of socialist/capitalist economics and semi-religious perspectives of Nature that in fact no longer exist to protect. Is there Random Selection in a managed parkland? On a farm? In most river systems? In controlled watersheds and aqua-cultural coastal farms? Even governing Human procreation?
What I am saying is that ignorance is no excuse, look into the mirror and maybe you won't like the realization that you are already the beneficiary of eugenics but it is high time we all started facing facts, we are perhaps even such creations ourselves. What is more important is that we stop thinking we will be saved by some higher power that in its best and fairest guise is simply random chance, or even the promise of the fabled Singularity. These problems will not go away by accident (Random Selection) or Divine Intervention, so we (you and I) must roll up our sleeves and address them head on.
I am not a tool of industry. I am a realist and to preserve endangered species already requires gene banking and some cloning to accomplish. Land management on a global scale is a disaster and as for marine habitat, we have in my lifetime
not just the last century, witnessed a genocide of species, whose parallel is only matched by the cataclysmic impact of the asteroid in the KT event 65 million years ago.
We are the Great Glacier, the Human Glacier that is the driving force already ruling over nature whether we like it or not, whether we are ready or not, and it is long past time we rose to meet this responsibility and embraced it rationally. We are terraforming our planet and calling it progress, but what type of planet do we want to occupy?
I am not so inclined to live on "Trantor". I am not so enamored of concrete, glass and steel that I define its visage as the paradigm of progress so I am taking the approach of Muir and Emerson. I am challenging us to be more honest in our relationship with that delicate and fragile lover we daily abuse caused Nature. To become good human spouses to this world that is our fecund mother and lover. Call it Earth Husbandry.
To accomplish this we need to realize that Human Selection (for which Artificial Selection is only one aspect) already dominates over Natural Selection, if for no less reason than shear numbers. Now you can counter as many many try, "it's all good" we are part of nature so anything we do is OK it is just evolutionary progress and our right as a species to accomplish. This is the just the Manifest Destiny Doctrine packaged in a candy wrapper.
What I said was that humans are distributed into basically three groups of cognizant perspective, those who defend the oldest way of random chance, which is already beyond repair without the destruction of our own species as it exists, those that defend Manifest Destiny as if we can do no wrong, and those few but growing numbers that understand we must approach this panoply of problems as Responsible Rationalists,
understanding that we are already immersed in a world governed by Human Selection. We are not going to "rationalize away" the problems but instead must accept the responsibility to define and address them directly.
Both fatalism and theism work together but are opposed jointly by pragmatism, this idea that we create our fate. Hasn't anyone else noticed that Random Selection is derivitive of large scale "choice" expressed across generations? That is what adaption is predicated on, an ability to choose an environmental option and act on it.
To best meet these challenges we face we cannot turn our back on any tool in our shop. We cannot go forward by hamstringing ourselves and expecting to run. We also cannot turn back the clock of evolution. There is no "evil science" and "good spirituality," there are only dangerous minds and powerful forces balanced with love and reason.