Genetically Modified Food

View image | gettyimages.com While the majority of scientists believe that genetically modified foods (or, more accurately, crops and animals) are safe for human consumption, there is
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View image | gettyimages.com While the majority of scientists believe that genetically modified foods (or, more accurately, crops and animals) are safe for human consumption, there is considerable opposition to these genetically modified organisms. As might be suspected, this matter is philosophically interesting. There are two stock moral arguments against such “tampering.” One is the playing God argument in which it is claimed that such modification is playing God and it is then argued (or simply asserted) that humans should not play God. A closely related argument is the unnatural argument. This argument works somewhat like the playing God argument, but involves arguing that because such modifications are unnatural, they are morally wrong. Rousseau famously lamented the horrible impact of advances in the arts and sciences—and he was writing when the height of technology included the musket. One stock reply to the playing God argument is to show that people have been “playing God”. . .

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