Genetically Modified Crops - a moral imperative?
Published 28 November 2013
Based on the achievements of science and technology, our world is becoming more and more the product of humankind. This product includes nature. Natural structures recede and artificial structures take precedence. And with this, many of the problems that we have with ourselves and with our world are also on the rise - especially environmental problems that are characterized by the problematical interweaving of natural and artificial developments, that is, technological developments. The investigation of these developments, insofar as it involves research on the earth and its climate, already presents a difficult scientific task. As formulated by the Max Planck Society in Germany, it includes the investigation of spatial and temporal variations in structures and in composition of all terrestrial systems from the inner core to the outer atmosphere; the investigation of the connections between physical and chemical processes, which takes account of the energy transfer between the components of the earth-sun system, and the investigation of marine and terrestrial ecosystems and their evolution as well as the interactions of the biosphere with the processes of the "system of the earth" - and on top of that must also consider the feedback between the physical, chemical, geological, biological and social systems of the earth, their development and their effects on the metabolism of organisms and the biological complexity of the planet earth.