A case for a duty to feed the hungry: GM plants and the third world

Carter, L (2007) A case for a duty to feed the hungry: GM plants and the third world. Science And Engineering Ethics, 13 1: 69-82.


Author Carter, L
Title A case for a duty to feed the hungry: GM plants and the third world
Journal name Science And Engineering Ethics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1353-3452
Publication date 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s11948-006-0006-y
Volume 13
Issue 1
Start page 69
End page 82
Total pages 14
Place of publication Dordrecht
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject C1
Abstract This article is concerned with a discussion of the plausibility of the claim that GM technology has the potential to provide the hungry with sufficient food for subsistence. Following a brief outline of the potential applications of GM in this context, a history of the green revolution and its impact will be discussed in relation to the current developing world agriculture situation. Following a contemporary analysis of malnutrition, the claim that GM technology has the potential to provide the hungry with sufficient nourishment will be discussed within the domain of moral philosophy to determine whether there exists a moral obligation to pursue this end if and only if the technology proves to be relatively safe and effective. By using Peter Singer's duty of moral rescue, I argue that we have a moral duty to assist the third world through the distribution of such GM plants. I conclude the paper by demonstrating that my argument can be supported by applying a version of the Precautionary Principle on the grounds that doing nothing might be worse for the current situation.
Keyword Ethics
Engineering, Multidisciplinary
History & Philosophy Of Science
Multidisciplinary Sciences
Philosophy
genetically modified food
duty of rescue
malnutrition
green revolution
precautionary principle
Green-revolution
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: 2008 Higher Education Research Data Collection
 
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