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To make case for GMOs, big corporations must earn back public trust with transparency

| | December 3, 2015

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. . . There is a strong popular resistance to such kinds of technologies [GMOs], based on a deep suspicion of the true motives of labs and corporations. Are they only interested in making a profit to their investors or do they really care about the consumers which they serve?

To have an idea of the resistance to the new technology, in Aug. 2013 an experimental plantation of golden rice was destroyed by environmentalist groups. Greenpeace has mounted a strong campaign against it . . . .

It is very hard to navigate these waters. Categorically denying the use of new technologies that have the promise of impacting, in positive ways, the lives of millions sounds like a retrograde way to proceed, as humanity faces growing pressures. On the other hand, countless corporations have proven to be abusive to the environment and to poor populations over and over again. The overall suspicion of corporations as the good guys does not emerge from a vacuum.

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Fortunately, such issues are, or should be, more scientific than ideological. Careful analysis and monitoring of GMO crops is a must before products are released to costumers. Anything less would be majorly irresponsible, not to say unethical. . . .

The burden of proof rests entirely with the labs and corporations that develop such new products. They need to be more transparent, demonstrating quantitatively and conclusively — to the extent that it’s scientifically possible — the long-term safety of their practices. Science can only be useful if it is applied within morally justified practices. This is the compact that corporations should build with society, a first step toward a new age of corporate responsibility.

Read full, original post: Should We Eat Golden Rice?

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