Widening the Context in the Biotechnology Wars

Widening the Context in the

Biotechnology Wars

by David Ehrenfeld

 

SCHUMACHER CENTER LECTURE
MAY 2002, STOCKBRIDGE, MA

 


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David Ehrenfeld considers the way scientific studies are used to muddy the waters during ethical debates about controversial technologies, such as injecting cows with rGHB, producing genetically modified foods, and cloning human beings. To mount a more effective response to such practices he argues that we must learn to widen the scope of our questions about them, far beyond the narrow confines of science.

 

 

 

David Ehrenfeld was a founding member of the E. F. Schumacher Society. A professor of biology at Rutgers University, he is the author of The Arrogance of HumanismBeginning Again: People and Nature in the New Millennium; and Swimming Lessons: Keeping Afloat in the Age of Technology. He is the founding editor of the journal Conservation Biology and is a regular columnist for the quarterly magazine Orion.

 

 

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