Genetically Modified Food Fight

Rome recently said, “Sounds fine to us.” Green Kiwis are upset by this. Some people think the Church has no business involving itself in such matters. I think the Church *must* involve itself in such questions. Certainly the questions of “How do we feed starving people?” vs. “What are our responsibilities for stewardship of creation?” are central to the Church’s moral theology and the mission of the gospel and they are not simple ones. Rome basically appears to have come down on the side of, “Don’t be too fussy about gene-modification if it means human beings will be fed.” A reasonable stand. However, there remain big questions in the “What could it hurt?/How was I supposed to know?” department that await more light from the sciences. However the knee jerk opposition to GM is foolish, particularly in a starving world.


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