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Environmental Ethics: Track 1

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To what extent does Man have a right to exploit nature in order to live? Do animals have rights? Should we modify the genes of crops if it allows us to increase production, and even alleviate poverty? This album explores the arguments for and against genetically-modified crops, hearing the views of a dairy farmer competing in the global market, a GM scientist, an activist who believes GM crops are unsustainable, and an organic cultivator. The various views reveal how the debate is made complex by differing worldviews and global politics, and academic Ruth Chadwick provides an ethicist's perspective. This material forms part of The Open University course T861 Environmental ethics.

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  • Duration 25 mins
  • Updated Thursday 11th February 2010
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Environmental Studies
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Track 1: Environmental Ethics

A short introduction to this album.

© The Open University 2008

Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Environmental Ethics    A short introduction to this album. Play now Environmental Ethics
2 The dairy farmer    A British farmer explains his perspective on GM crops. Play now The dairy farmer
3 The crop scientist    A scientist explains why he views genetically modified crops as a benign technology. Play now The crop scientist
4 The activist    A campaigner explains her biocentric worldview and how this affects her stance on GM crops. Play now The activist
5 The organic farmer    An organic farmer explains why organic cultivation is the best alternative to modifying the genetics of crops. Play now The organic farmer
6 GM: points of view    Some of the views that feed into the policy-making process. Play now GM: points of view

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