Acceptable Genes?: Religious Traditions and Genetically Modified Foods available in Hardcover
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- State University of New York Press
Modern biotechnology has surpassed science fiction with such feats as putting fish genes in tomatoes to create a more cold-resistant crop. While the environmental and health concerns over such genetically modified foods have been the subject of public debate, religious and spiritual viewpoints have been given short shrift. This book seeks to understand the moral and religious attitudes of groups within pluralistic societies whose traditions and beliefs raise for them unique questions about food and dietary practice. What questions are there for kosher Jews, halal Muslims, and vegetarian Hindus about food products containing transgenes from prohibited sources? How do these foods impact the cultural practices and spiritual teachings of indigenous peoples? Concerns from the above traditions as well as Christianity, Buddhism, Chinese religion, and ethical vegetarianism are included. Contributors look at the ethical context of each tradition and also include information from focus groups. Thus enlightening work concludes with recommendations for the labeling of genetically modified foods.
|Publisher:||State University of New York Press|
|Series:||SUNY series on Religion and the Environment Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Conrad G. Brunk is Professor of Philosophy and former Director of the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria. He is coauthor (with Lawrence Haworth and Brenda Lee) of Value Assumptions in Risk Assessment: A Case Study of the Alachlor Controversy and coeditor (with James O. Young) of The Ethics of Cultural Appropriation.
Harold Coward is Professor Emeritus of History and Founding Director of the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria. His many books include The Perfectibility of Human Nature in Eastern and Western Thought and Religion and Peacebuilding (coedited with Gordon S. Smith), both also published by SUNY Press.
Table of Contents
Introduction Conrad G. Brunk Harold Coward 1
1 Genetics and Genetically Modified Organisms Samuel Abraham 19
2 Ethical Perspectives on Food Biotechnology Paul B. Thompson 39
3 Does Vegetarianism Preclude Eating GM Foods? Lyne Létourneau 63
4 "When You Plow the Field, Your Torah Is with You": Genetic Modification and GM Food in the Jewish Tradition(s) Laurie Zoloth 81
5 Some Christian Reflections on GM Food Donald Bruce 115
6 Genetically Modified Foods and Muslim Ethics Ebrahim Moosa 135
7 A Hundred Autumns to Flourish: Hindu Attitudes to Genetically Modified Food Vasudha Narayanan 159
8 The Karma of Genetically Modified Food: A Buddhist Perspective David R. Loy 179
9 "So That You May Have It with No Harm": Changing Attitudes toward Food in Late Imperial China Hsiung Ping-chen 197
10 Born from Bears and Corn: Why Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Beliefs Matter in the Debate on GM Foods Shiri Pasternak Lorenzo Mazgul Nancy J. Turner 211
11 Regulatory and Innovation Implications of Religious and Ethical Sensitivities concerning GM Food Conrad G. Brunk Nola M. Ries Leslie C. Rodgers 231