Social issues and GM crops
Social issues and GM crops

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Social issues and GM crops

1 Preamble

S250_1, Gene manipulation in plants focused predominantly on the science behind a number of transgenic crops, but also explored some of the social issues surrounding the development of Golden Rice. This course will focus less on the science as such, but will explore some of the emerging social concerns.

Many of the issues that surround GM crops are ethical. They relate to what course of action is 'right', and initially Section 1 of this course will explore a number of arguments from the 1999 report of The Nuffield Council on Bioethics, called Genetically Modified Crops; The Ethical and Social Issues. (You can access the report in full, via the The Nuffield Council on Bioethics website should you wish.) The point here is not to persuade you to any single point-of-view about GM crops, but to encourage you to think through some of the key ethical issues.

Section 6 contains a table of abbreviations used in this course.


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