Environmentalism

Environmentalists analyze powerful new technologies, including genetic modification of crops, livestock, and potentially human beings, with close attention to their ecosystem and social effects. They highlight the need for caution and responsible social governance in the face of high-risk technological innovation, and often support regulating markets and corporations in order to ensure public health and well-being. Environmentalists have 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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“I think i got it,” says Alekos Simoni with a grin, returning an electronic fly zapper called “The Executioner” to a nearby metal shelf. With a deft flick of his wrist he has done away with a genetically modified mosquito...

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In Burkina Faso, the government is considering the use of genetically modified mosquitoes to eradicate malaria. In Nantucket, Mass., officials are looking at gene editing as a tool in the fight against Lyme disease. And scientists are using gene technology...

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Researchers have rendered a population of mosquitoes in a lab sterile using the gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 by homing in on...

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For the first time, scientists have demonstrated that a controversial new kind of genetic engineering can rapidly spread a self-destructive...

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Image of a possum climbing a small tree over a snow-covered ground.

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Lettuce plants grown indors in white containers.

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Image of a woodland mosquito resting on a leaf.

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