Biotechnology and Food: Lifesaving or Frankenstein Monster? Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

Biotechnology and Food: Lifesaving or Frankenstein Monster?
A look at the pros and cons of bio-generated food.
# 36433 | 1,400 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 08, 2003 in Biology (Biotechnology) , Biology (Bioethics)

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This paper provides an introduction to the controversial topic of bio-generated food and analyzes four articles that address its advantages and disadvantages. The paper discusses how people around the world have realized that it is inevitable that the food will come into society but they want to have the right to choose. This writer agrees that we must have genetically modified food to sustain the growing populations, but we must also have a guarantee of its safety in writing so we all have the option of not purchasing such food.

From the Paper:

"Humans have been actively modifying nature to provide their sustenance for some time now but never before have the tools been available to redesign nature with the precision and speed that the new agricultural biotechnologies permit. Consider DNA probes that have been developed to allow for the identification of certain traits in animals, without going through the lengthy process of waiting for the offspring to be born. This will allow researchers to select out undesirable traits and add or enhance desired livestock traits with more speed and precision.
"Biotechnology is one valid and reliable way of knowing, representing, and manipulating nature. In principle, there is nothing inherently harmful about this new set of tools. However, within industrial capitalism, biotechnology is tied to private profit, short-term control over nature, and neglect of short- and long-term social and environmental consequences. In part, this is reinforced by our society's faith in technological progress as the sole means to resolve human problems. At the same time, the institutional basis of industrial capitalism reinforces an increasingly illegitimate distinction between the political and technical. The legacy of this distinction can be traced back to the industrialization of agriculture and the industrialization of society."

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