Genetically Modified agriculture

Proponents say that genetically modified agriculture has been around for thousands of years - and mention bread, beer and corn. Critics say but these technologies were not splicing genes from one species into another. And in any case, there are other issues to consider: the longterm risks and benefits. Who benefits? Who bears the risks? And how are the decisions made? The Biotechnology Reference Group of the Canadian Council of Churches recently held a symposium on this and other emerging technologies. These technologies are not going to go away. Room needs to be made for a public voice concerned with the environmental, social and ethical consequences of these technologies.