Assignment #6 – Biodiversity Assignment
If I had to pick a side, I’d side with Conway, although both sides
make good points.
I personally disagree with the approach by both
I don’t see genetically modified foods as solving world hunger
I find it easy to be dismayed by the fact that we produce
enough food, but people don’t get a chance to eat it.
Then I think
about the founding principal of economics, that being that economics
is the distribution of scarce resources that are wanted by all to the few.
I’m not saying that it’s right, but it’s how it goes.
In the US, a place where there is obvious excess that hangs over
the belts of a sad and lazy silent majority of our countries people, there
is clearly a problem.
I have always found it ironic that thousands of
people die a day from starvation, and here in the US, thousands die a
day from a lifetime of indulgence, sloth, denial, and eventually
Still, I do not want to stray too far from the topic of GM foods.
think that like Conway said, we have long genetically modified crops.
Sure, we have the ability to do it quicker than before, but as long as
there has been farming, there has been intentional genetic
In some of the reading, they make it sound like genes
are just popped in and out, like this can be accomplished in a few
In reality, making any sort of transgenic organism, be it a
mouse or a plant or a person, takes significant trial and error, a lot of
time, money, and a significant amount of luck.
I know this because I
worked for 4 summers in a lab with transgenic mice.
That the complex
scientific process and thousands of hours of work is reduced to a single
line in a paper to make a point is disappointing as well as flat out
I also disagree with the argument of companies charging to have