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Acceptable Genes?: Religious Traditions and Genetically by Conrad G. Brunk, Harold Coward

By Conrad G. Brunk, Harold Coward

Sleek biotechnology has exceeded technology fiction with such feats as placing fish genes in tomatoes to create a extra cold-resistant crop. whereas the environmental and well-being matters over such genetically converted meals were the topic of public debate, non secular and non secular viewpoints were given brief shrift. This booklet seeks to appreciate the ethical and spiritual attitudes of teams inside of pluralistic societies whose traditions and ideology elevate for them particular questions on nutrition and nutritional perform. What questions are there for kosher Jews, halal Muslims, and vegetarian Hindus approximately foodstuff items containing transgenes from prohibited resources? How do those meals impression the cultural practices and religious teachings of indigenous peoples? matters from the above traditions in addition to Christianity, Buddhism, chinese language faith, and moral vegetarianism are integrated. participants examine the moral context of every culture and likewise comprise info from concentration teams. This enlightening paintings concludes with ideas for the labeling of genetically transformed meals.

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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. 2 On the one hand, ethics deals with almost universally recognized norms that are both implicit within everyday social interaction and explicitly articulated in public sources such as legal or professional codes of practice, religious texts, folktales, literature, and philosophy.

Given this orientation, one would expect that products such as transgenic salmon, which could affect wild salmon populations, Ethical Perspectives on Food Biotechnology 45 would be among the most contentious applications of biotechnology from the perspective of ecocentric environmental ethics. In addition, agriculture is sometimes viewed as antithetical to environmental values in the North American context. Agricultural technologies are potential polluters, contributing to human health risks, and agricultural land use competes with wilderness preservation.

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. 2 On the one hand, ethics deals with almost universally recognized norms that are both implicit within everyday social interaction and explicitly articulated in public sources such as legal or professional codes of practice, religious texts, folktales, literature, and philosophy.

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