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Vexing Nature?: On the Ethical Case Against Agricultural Biotechnology

By: Gary L Comstock

Kluwer Academic Publishers

Hardback | Dec 2001 | #123229 | ISBN: 079237987X
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Presents a collection of philosophical essays on the ethical dimensions of agricultural biotechnology and genetically modified (GM) crops.

'Vexing Nature? is an intriguing intellectual adventure in the ethical assessment of technology. Whereas Comstock was once almost a 'global opponent' of GM foods, he has since changed his mind, and is now a cautious champion. The book contains several surprising twists, and much rich philosophical analysis. It will clearly help to advance the international discussion of this subject. Should be required reading for anyone interested in the GM controversy.' Donald N. Duvick, Senior Vice-president Research, Pioneer Hi-Bred (retired), author of How much caution in the fields? (Science) 'This work is almost unprecedented in applied philosophy: a book that presents pro and con arguments by a man who has honestly and deeply felt the pull of the arguments on both sides. Comstock's struggle with the issues will enlighten them for all of us.' Paul B. Thompson, Joyce and Edward E. Brewer Professor of Applied Ethics, Purdue University, author of Food Biotechnology in Ethical Perspective 'Gary Comstock has woven these timely essays into an important narrative that will be of interest to everyone who recognizes the ethical challenges posed by biotechnology. There is much to be learned from these pages. I hope the book enjoys the wide readership it deserves.' Tom Regan, North Carolina State University, author of The Case for Animal Rights (1983) and Defending Animal Rights (2001) 'His discussion of bioethics raises issues of general interest to philosophers. This will make an excellent text for environment ethics and, more generally, for courses in science, technology, and values.' Choice, 39:02 (2001) 'It is therefore a worthwhile read for ethicists interested in agricultural biotechnology who are not already familiar with the work being done by agricultural ethicists on the issue, as well as for those working on the ethics of agricultural biotechnolopgy who are not already familiar with the subtleties of Comstock's revised position.' Environmental Values, 12:3 (2003)


Acknowledgements. Introduction. 1. The Case Against bGH (1988). 2. Against Herbicide Resistance (1990). 3. Against Transgenic Animals (1992). 4. Against Ag Biotech (1994). 5. Problems for the Case Against Ag Biotech, Part I: Intrinsic Objections. 6. Problems for the Case Against Ag Biotech, Part II: Extrinsic Objections. Conclusion. Credits. Index.

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