Genetically Modified Foods by M S Swaminathan

Genetically Modified Foods by M S Swaminathan: The question of control over organisms, irrespective of the way in which the critical terminology for the same is presented and worked out, is one of immense importance in the world today, the impact of policy decisions having considerable bearing on how the state of the planet is taken for evaluation. 

On the one hand, the ecological balance of the earth and the distribution of population and the density of life in different parts of the world are grossly uneven.

As such, the onus is on those power mechanisms that have the potential to engage with issues that affect life movements, which include governments and other policy-making bodies, so that an adequate and viable framework for the sustenance of life is given the priority it deserves.

Genetically Modified Foods by M S Swaminathan

The issues of life survival and environmental change reflect not merely conservation problems, or space indicators, they also bring to the fore conditions of governance onto the frame where territorial and political determinants play crucial roles in shaping the world as we know today.

The focus in this essay by Swaminathan is on the subject of biosafety and the role India as a country can play in determining the parameters which would ensure the maintenance of ecological balance.

 The issues raised by Swaminathan are of great importance for life forms in the planet, not only in terms of how the world deals with the fundamentals of existence but in terms of the responsibility that each human enterprise entails for the future.

The focus on the nature of a country like India, and the implications for the population, especially when it comes to the control of food and its distribution, are immense.

It is with great responsibility that he argues for a safe and secure model for the processing of knowledge and its application for human use.

The circumstances which are evolving because of scientific intervention in the field of life processing shifts the onus onto human beings, to be aware of the implications what such acts entail, and how they have bearings on the development of life in the world, not only for the present but also for the time that makes our future.

The final words of Swaminathan drive home the point of human responsibility with considerable force: "Unless research and development efforts on Genetically Modified foods are based on principles of bioethics, biosafety, biodiversity conservation, and bio partnerships, there will be serious public concern in India as well as many other developing countries about the ultimate nutritional, social, ecological, and economic consequences of replacing numerous local varieties with a few GM organisms.”
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