Friday, March 27, 2015

GMO-Luddite debate: Are anti-technology “progressives” promoting poverty or preserving traditions

Andrew Porterfield | March 19, 2015 | Genetic Literacy Project

panic_and_hysteria200 years ago, sporadic riots roiled Great Britain. The marauding men, some wearing dresses, aimed at destroying textile machines invented to make cloth faster and easier. Some of these machines helped create jobs, but the rioters, who became known as “Luddites” after a fictional leader, were concerned about the cheap, unskilled work these contraptions were also creating. The protest movement was the leading edge of a rising tide of English working-class discontent against the disconcerting changes brought on by the emerging industrial revolution. The term Luddite eventually took on a meaning of its own, the terms used to describe those suspicious of or slow to adapt new technologies. They are often referred to as “neo-Luddites”–a term often slapped on anti-GMO activists by scientists and others more embracing of agricultural genetic engineering and other forms of genetic research.....To Read More....

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