GM wheat, a benefit to the environment, or something to protest against?

The BBC has reported that Scientists developing genetically modified wheat are asking campaigners not to ruin their experimental plots, but come in for a chat instead.

The trial at Rothamsted Research in Harpenden, Herts, uses wheat modified to deter aphids, an insect pest.

The protest group Take the Flour Back has vowed to “decontaminate” the site unless the research is halted.

The scientists say the GM plants could benefit the environment as they will reduce pesticide use.

Ever Wondered About… Food ethics?

Behind the dramatic scenes of activists destroying crops lies nothing less than a clash between philosophical world-views.

We all have a set of ethical beliefs – about how we should behave, what’s right and wrong – and we can’t help but bring them to contemporary issues. Philosophers describe these in their theories, which are often written in suitably weighty and abstruse language. But the fascinating thing is that you don’t need to be a philosopher to express the ideas. In fact, if you ask ordinary folk getting on with their everyday jobs, their answers can almost certainly be directly mapped back to a philosophical theory.  For more on this story, click here.

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