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Unformatted text preview: Chapter 7 1. Suppose that you are engaged in biotechnology, or genetic engineering: what environmental safeguards would you impose on your own research? Are there experiments that would be ethically off limits for you? I would use research that does not require harming animals or the environment. It would be off limits to do any of those. 2. Debate the claim that famines are caused more by human actions (or inactions) than by environmental forces. What scientific evidence would you need to have to settle this question? What hypothesis could you test to help resolve the debate? I would conclude that it is a Mother Nature issue, because of the entire drought in some places and it won’t allow farming because it is to dry. We would have to test a dry area and a wet area with plants being planted in both areas to see which stay alive longer. 5. Should farmers be forced to use ecologically sound techniques that serve farmers’ best interests in the long run, regardless of short term consequences? How could we mitigate hardships brought about by such long run, regardless of short term consequences?...
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