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Social Philosophy Today

Volume 22, 2006

Science, Technology, and Social Justice

Johann A. Klaassen
Pages 103-113
DOI: 10.5840/socphiltoday2006229

Contemporary Biotechnology and the New “Green Revolution”
Feeding the World with “Frankenfoods”?

Both the Green Revolution and GE foods have come under persistent attack by social philosophers, environmentalists, and other commentators, who argue that these technologies should be banned. In this essay, I examine five of the most common arguments for banning further development of GE crops, and show how they effectively reduce to two: distress at blurred boundaries, and hazards of a new technology. I will also show that both of these arguments can be addressed and defused—and so we can use “Frankenfoods” to help feed the world.

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