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Title: Biotechnology Ethics


1
Biotechnology Ethics
  • Lori Peck
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Animal Science Junior

2
Who am I?
  • 10 year 4-Her of Washita County
  • Animal Science Junior at OSU
  • Volunteer 4-H Leader
  • Love working with kids

3
The Basics
  • Should genetic engineering be pursued?
  • Does it enhance or endanger the safety of the
    food supply?
  • Will it contribute to meeting future needs for
    food nutritional improvements in diets?
  • Could it affect species or habitats?
  • Is it moral-the right thing to do?

4
Food Safety
  • Genetic engineering has people thinking twice.
  • Should foods be labeled?
  • FDA, USDA, EPA state agencies monitor
    development testing.
  • FDA only requires labels for foods containing
    allergenic proteins or if a new major ingredient
    is present.

5
Food Safety continued . . .
  • Do Consumers favor labeling?
  • Yes, they do!
  • They want to make informed buying decisions.
  • Does labeling cost more?
  • Yes!
  • It takes more man hours to get everything in line
    to label effectively.

6
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7
Environmental Impact
  • What impact does genetic engineering have on the
    environment?
  • Does it help?
  • Does it hurt?

8
Hurt or Help
  • Hurt
  • Insects may overcome resistance to pesticides.
  • Increasing yields on established farms still will
    not help poor people.
  • Help
  • Higher yields less disturbance of land.
  • Insect resistance less water pollution.
  • More food produced more efficiently lower
    long-term cost.

9
Religious Ethical Issues
  • People believe that humans should not alter forms
    of life.
  • Forbidden food in some cultures
  • Do vegetarians remain vegetarians if an animal
    gene is used in fruits?

10
Who Benefits?
  • Researchers Businesses?
  • To an extent but NO!
  • Consumers Benefit
  • Variety, availability, healthfulness, taste of
    food.
  • Producers Benefit
  • Higher yields, reduce total cost, pest resisting
    plants provide reliable harvest in developing
    countries.

11
The End!
  • What are your views?
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