About ‘Genetically Modified Ethics’

 

“Future generations will not forgive us if we do not stop the GM takeover now”1

Some scientists claim it would be unethical to not provide farmers in third world countries all the benefits that agricultural biotechnology has to offer, and so they promote it with a religious fundamental zealousness. In doing so, there is a complete and utter disregard about the full totality of the negative aspects of that same technology, including the multitude of (as of yet) unknown long-term consequences. Promoting an industry that robs indigenous farmers from the ability to save and exchange seeds is hardly ethical by any standards of ethics, especially when the end result is catastrophic to communities around the globe as a handful of corporations continue to strengthen their grasp on the world’s food system. This is much more than about the so-called benefits of the science behind GMOs, or about the debate of their safety, or the Right to know; indeed these are only a fraction of the many aspects of this troubling expansion GMOs around the globe. In their present form, GMOs and all that they represent are a threat to food security on a global scale.

“Most innovations in agricultural biotechnology are profit driven rather than need driven, therefore the thrust of the genetic engineering industry is not to solve agricultural problems as much as it is to create profitability. Moreover, biotechnology seeks to industrialize agriculture even further and to intensify farmers’ dependence upon industrial inputs aided by a ruthless system of intellectual property rights which legally inhibits the right of farmers to reproduce, share and store seeds. By controlling the germplasm from seed to sale and by forcing farmers to pay inflated prices for seed-chemical packages, companies are determined to extract the most profit from their investment.” – Miguel A. Altieri, “The Myths of Agricultural Biotechnology: some ethical questions,” University of California, Berkeley

The goal of this website is to raise awareness about the negative aspects of agricultural biotechnology because they are overwhelmingly negative compared to the so-called benefits. To that end, the intent is to support efforts to ban GMOs and to share information that will contribute to those efforts.

A list of resources will be made available in soon (just getting set up). For now, this link has a list of some resources.

Ban GMOs Now main web page is here


 

[1] Dr. Mae-Wan Ho,  quoted in “Ban GMOs Now – Health and Environmental Hazards, Especially in Light of the New Genetics,” by Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Dr. Eva Sirinathsignhji, Institute of Science in Society; July 2013 (52 pages)

 


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