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Michael Fisher Biocentric Ethics Analysis December 17, 2018 Professor Howard Schmidt
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Biodiversity is not as heralded as it once was. Biodiversity has moved aside due to today’s technological advancements, with the discovery of artificial selection foods, which can be made without an original source. This has caused plants , animals, and habitats to lose their inherit value. There are many ways to produce a genetically modified organism, some of these genetically modified organisms have more value than others. There are some in the scientific community that believe that the positive aspects of GMO’s outweigh the negative aspects , but on the other hand, there are many that believe that cre Inherent Value Inherent value is when something has value not just for its uses but is valued for other reasons. These values could include beauty, environmental value, or the value of lived experiences. However, some insist that not all organisms have inherent value, in other words everything needs to have use value. Some in the science community try to identify which organisms have inherent value, and which
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ones do not, there are also some scientist that believe all organisms have inherent value. “Biocentric” ethics is an approach that begins with the inherent value of life as its foundational principle of value” (Desjardins, 2013, p. 125). With a loss in biological diversity, there are an increasingly large number of questions regarding value. According to Desjardins (2013) “Some environmental philosophers have argued that life itself possesses inherent value, it is to be valued for its own sake and not simply for how we can use it” (p. 127). Controversy’s regarding GMO’s In 1971, controversies of GMO’s include an intestinal microorganism called E. coli, concerns to lab workers working with GMO’s and to nearby residents (Phillips, 2008). During the 1980’s transgenic plants were valuable in the production of pharmaceuticals, but it was viewed only as a means of making money (Phillips, 2008). Phillips (2008) states, “Worldwide commercialization of biotech products sparked new debate over the patentability of living organisms, the adverse effects of exposure to recombinant proteins, confidentiality issues, the morality and credibility of scientists, the role of government in regulating science, and other issues”.
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  • Winter '18
  • Howard Schmidt
  • DNA, Genetically modified organism

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