Biocentric Ethics Analysis
SCI 362 Environmental Issues and Ethics
December 23, 2013
Genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) are mankind’s solution to how the world supplies food. The effects are controversial, to all species. This paper will discuss inherent value, GMO’s the controversy, and insight into the difference between natural and GMO’s life, and how they are different.
Inherent Value is the value that an entity has on itself, for what it is, or as an end. Many people value what they consume, some might say genetically modified organisms have made it harder for mankind to cure itself form deceases, as repercussion are unknown.
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Other countries were not too happy about the new and careless way the United States were treating its crops. Germany in particular did not agree with the US tactics on altering plants and seeds. Other countries that were not using genetically altered chemicals on crops reported that traces of these chemicals were being found in their crops.
Chemically altered plants and seeds can eventually be transferred to other plants by natural weather conditions. When the seasons change many scientists believe that these altered plants or seedlings are transferred through snow or rain. This transfer can be through plants, insects and wildlife. One should consider the ecosystem when allowing known chemicals into the seeds, plants or the DNA of plants. The ecosystem, consisting of the sun, producers, consumers and decomposers, becomes fragile when man interferes. One should consider the possibility of how these altered chemicals could travel, making there way in human consumption. Changing the DNA of plants that people eat directly or indirectly can alter Mother Nature and mankind. The ramifications could take years to discover, some possibly being irreversible. In the U.S. over the last few decades have seen an increase in obesity, some speculate this is do to all the hormones and modification used in the foods we eat today.
When discussing GMO and non-GMO crops many people do not understand the difference and what can be patented. “The preferred approach of the industry has been to use compositional comparisons between GMO and non-GMO crops. When they are not significantly different the two are regarded as “substantially equivalent”, and therefore the GMO food crop is regarded as safe as its conventional counterpart (Arpad, 2001).”
When Monsanto claimed, “genetically engineered bacteria” that would enhance hormones in cows for increased milk production created controversy, “this time the United Nations was not on Monsanto’s side.” Many began to question whether genetically modified foods were ever a good thing. Americans tend to look at the profits that can be earned and have more trust in new technology used in mass production, rather than the dangers that could be involved.
Perhaps in the United States people have a known empathy for the American farmer and how tough a farmer has it. News stories have aired on television pointing out how many farmers have lost their farms from loss of crops by drought, lack of rain or insects destroying their crops. Farm Aid and singer like John Cougar Mellancamp singing songs about his...