The Holy Father Benedict XVI : “Technology…is a response to God’s command to till and to keep the land”

PAS Study Week, Vatican City, 15-19 May 2009Transgenic Plants for Food Security in the Context of DevelopmentA Study Week on the subject of ‘Transgenic Plants for Food Security in the Context of Development’ was held under the sponsorship of the…

Science and engineering continuously interact with moral notions

The role of ethics in science and engineeringDeborah G. JohnsonDepartment of Science, Technology, and Society, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia 22904It is generally thought that science and engineering should never cross certain ethical lines. The idea connects ethics to science…

Government funded TV program discusses GM food risks but gives no scrutiny to those who speculate about hazards.

Australian government funded TV program The 7.30 Report has just run an item about a purportedly new risk in GM food. To discuss this risk, the program featured an abundance of voices from antitechnology organisations but gave no effective scrutiny…

Group-think in action: Greens who don’t toe the party line vilified by traditional sections of the environmental movement.

 In the Pundit's opinion, serious difficulty with solving global environmental problems is lack of open-minded and objective evaluation of all of the options on the table. Another difficulty is that without full knowledge about how the world works, without practical…

Amartya Sen’s entitlement thesis muddied by history of China’s great famine: Food for Arms

Cover of Frank Dikötter's bookSystematic genocide 25 September 2010Jasper Becker's review at The SpectatorThis book sheds light on many other aspects of the famine but its great importance is to remind us of why we need to revise our understanding of 20th-century…

Public sector leadership key to tackling the human welfare problem

Challenges and Responsibilities for Public Sector Scientists- Marc Van Montagu, New Biotechnology, August 2010  (Institute of Plant Biotechnology for Developing Countries, Ghent University, Belgium). Full paper at http://www.sciencedirect.com/Current agriculture faces the challenge of doubling food production to meet the food…

Chaotic UN decision making part of the human welfare problem

Daily Caller, September 20, 2010Not so pro-BonoAn op-ed in Sunday’s New York Times about the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals by rock singer Bono (yes, you read that right) was naive and misguided.  The minimal successes at improving the health…

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