3 PR the ganges and the GOD garden

3 PR the ganges and the GOD garden - Khan 1 Mariam Khan...

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Khan 1 Mariam Khan EXPOS Writing 101: GE Prof. Kjelle Paper #3 (FD) “Playing God in the Garden” and “The Ganges’ Next Life” In today’s society, technology continues to play an increasingly greater role in people’s lives. The marvels of modern science have helped to improve the standard of living for many people worldwide, and it is hard to imagine life without them. But often times, with this technology can come controversy like in the example of agriculture. Michael Pollan, in his essay “Playing God in the Garden”, discusses differences in benefits and disadvantages of the three different farming techniques used in the US: farming with chemical repellents, using genetically mutated seeds, and organic farming. Despite being one of the most controversial topics in agriculture, farming with genetically mutated seeds uses the latest technology and, as shown in Pollan’s essay, proves to be more beneficial than any other modern farming technique. The benefits of modern technology are also shown in Alexander Stille’s “The Ganges Next Life”, in which Stille gives several examples of how technology has brought about great benefit to the people of India as they tried to deal with the pollution problem of the Ganges River. In agreements with the ideas that both Pollan and Stille present in their essays, I believe that modern science must be a prominent part of society for a society to move forward and overcome problems caused by old systems. One of the most important features of modern science is its ability to help bring about changes that benefit large numbers of people, just as it did for the millions of people living around the Ganges River in India. For many Indians, saving the Ganges River, a river that runs
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Khan 2 throughout India, was much more than simply saving a river that was, after many years of pollution, deteriorating. It was about saving the environment, saving the lives of millions living around the river that were getting waterborne illnesses due to the river, and most importantly, it was about preserving cultural and religious traditions tied to the river. Technology has come to help solve many of these issues in India. Stille shows how the use of modern science helped in efforts to clean the Ganges River, since a very new discovery has proven to help clean the river without using too many resources or being expensive. Another instance is in the use of burial practices in India, where technology has replaced traditional funerals, which use wood, with electric crematorium to make it cheaper for citizens. This, as a result, also decreased the number
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2008 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Kjelle during the Spring '08 term at Stevens.

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