By Conrad G. Brunk, Harold Coward
Glossy biotechnology has handed technological know-how fiction with such feats as placing fish genes in tomatoes to create a extra cold-resistant crop. whereas the environmental and health and wellbeing issues over such genetically converted meals were the topic of public debate, spiritual and religious viewpoints were given brief shrift. This e-book seeks to appreciate the ethical and non secular attitudes of teams inside pluralistic societies whose traditions and ideology increase for them precise questions on nutrition and nutritional perform. What questions are there for kosher Jews, halal Muslims, and vegetarian Hindus approximately nutrition items containing transgenes from prohibited assets? How do those meals influence the cultural practices and non secular teachings of indigenous peoples? issues from the above traditions in addition to Christianity, Buddhism, chinese language faith, and moral vegetarianism are incorporated. participants examine the moral context of every culture and likewise comprise details from concentration teams. This enlightening paintings concludes with thoughts for the labeling of genetically converted meals.
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69–87. 19. M. C. King and A. C. Wilson, “Evolution at Two Levels in Humans and Chimpanzees,” Science 188, no. 4148 (April 11, 1975), pp. 107–16. This page intentionally left blank. 2 Ethical Perspectives on Food Biotechnology Paul B. Thompson The use of recombinant DNA to modify the genetic structure of plants, animals, and microbes (see chapter 1, by Abraham) and the ability to clone adult cells from mammals jointly contributed to an international controversy that has several axes of contention.
It is this very potency that then raises questions about the potential health and environmental impacts of these changes as well as the ethical implications. ) that have had their traits selected upon for thousands of years. , beta-carotene in rice, herbicide resistance). In the repertoire of GM foods, plants have to date outstripped similar developments in animals. One reason is the nature of self-fertilization among many agricultural crops (a trait that was desirable in their ability to breed true, the very reason the original ancestral plant was selected for; unlike animals, which of course do not self-fertilize).
But do people who are not concerned about speculative or low-probability risks have a right to enjoy the benefits of new technology? One way to protect both kinds of right is to place each individual in a position to look after his or her own interests where food safety is concerned. This approach follows the ethical logic of informed consent: people should be free to take whatever risks they choose, but they should not be put in a position of risk without adequate notification and an opportunity to choose otherwise.
Acceptable Genes?: Religious Traditions and Genetically Modified Foods by Conrad G. Brunk, Harold Coward