Also, don’t forget to thank our farmers and ranchers for all they do to help our planet.
“Welcome to our genetic world. Fast, furious, and out of control. This is not the world of the future — it’s the world right now. Welcome to our genetic world. Fast, furious, and out of control. This is not the world of the future — it’s the world right now.”
“Also, don’t forget to thank our farmers and ranchers for all they do to help our planet.”
Do you even see the irony of having these two postings next to each other?
There is a dramatic difference between gen. modified crops and genetically modifying human beings.
They both are changing the way that God made life to suit human vanity. I call that a dramatic similarity, not a difference.
First of all, many farmers and ranchers do not grow genetically modified crops, in the “gene-splicing and rearranging” sense that you seem to mean it. (Unless you have a problem with cross-breeding and hybridization? If so, then I really don’t know what to tell you… except that your offense would be of such a fastidious and esoteric type that you’d be in a vanishingly small minority, with no sane reasoning to support your position.)
Second, Chelsea already told you: there’s a qualitative difference between manipulating human life (which has an immortal soul with each member of that species) and manipulating non-human life… just as there’s a qualitative difference between mowing my lawn and mowing down a group of toddlers with a machine gun. Surely you see the difference?
Finally: you’re making a stunningly broad (and arrogant) statement when you accuse even the gen-mod botanists/genetic engineers of “suiting human vanity”. Some might be, no doubt; but many others (including those who worked in the botanical genetics lab in which my wife worked) genuinely wanted to improve human life (by producing tomatoes and other fruits that can survive colder temperatures, so as to get vitamin-C-rich crops to colder climates, etc.). Misguided? Possibly, in some circumstances (since hybridization and transplanting from country to country–as done by the fine group ECHO–seems to be at least as helpful, without all the grey areas). But I really think you need to back up, and look at your harsh rhetoric again, before you “open fire” on people who aren’t doing wrong.
Brian, you’re exactly right in your last point. I hardly call what Norman Borlaug did suiting human vanity (language warning): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIvNopv9Pa8 – unless it’s vain for starving people to want to eat.
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