Environmentalism

Environmentalists assess genetic modification of crops, livestock, and potentially human beings with close attention to their effects on ecosystems and societies. They advocate for caution and responsible social governance in the face of high-risk technological innovation, including by regulating markets and corporations in order to ensure public health and well-being. Environmentalists pioneered the precautionary principle, an approach that assigns responsibility for demonstrating the safety of risky new technologies to those who would benefit from them, rather than those likely to be harmed. These tools of technical, policy, and social analysis hold important insights for understanding and evaluating human biotechnologies.


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No one is more important to the history of environmental conservation than John Muir — the “wilderness prophet,” “patron saint of the American wilderness” and “father of the national parks” who founded the nation’s oldest conservation organization, the Sierra Club...

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"Black-footed Ferret Kits" by USFWS Mountain Prairie is licensed under CC BY 2.0 The New York Times published on February 18 an enthusiastic article about a black-footed ferret, hailing it as “the first of any native, endangered animal species in North America to be cloned.”
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We recently co-hosted a lively and thought-provoking conversation between john a. powell and Bill McKibben about heritable genetic modification, climate change, and how the two issues are connected.

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Gene editing causes drastic unwanted effects in gene-edited plants including severe deformities, a new...

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