The Pros and Cons of GM Foods
With the rapid development of science and technology,
genetically modified foods appear in people’s everyday life.
Genetically modified (GM) food is a key area of agricultural
biotechnology. Like a coin with two sides, this technology has
advantages and disadvantages. Supporters of GM food believe
the technology could offer cheaper, safer and more nutritious
food. However, opponents argue that there are still many
unknowns, despite the absence of problems so far.
Some see Genetic Engineering as an approach to open up
great opportunities for the development of agriculture,
foodstuff and medicine, for we can learn to harness the power
of the gene. For others it's a threat to something very basic about
us and the natural world, unnecessary, harmful, unethical, and
mostly benefiting big business at others' expense.
Some Christians object in principle to genetically modified
food, as an unacceptable intervention in God's creation violating
barriers in the natural world. Others see the potential for using
God's gift of our technical skills, but with strong provisos, on
matters of food safety and environmental risk. Christians believe
that all of God's creatures are much more than their genes. To
change one or two genes wouldn't make an organism less than
itself, unless the change itself caused a major disruption.
Claims are often made for the potential of genetically
modified food to "feed the world". If genes could be
manipulated to enable staple crops to grow in what are today
marginal conditions, it might make a big difference too many
countries which struggle to feed themselves. However
Christians are concerned that the driving forces of
biotechnology are leading us to create of unnecessary products
for western indulgence, when the real food shortages elsewhere
in the world remain neglected. Technically these areas are
proving difficult, and financially there is less return than
products for our supermarkets.
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