Weekly Reflection from CPLO and the Jesuit Institute Week of 30 April 2018
by Paulina French “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin” William Shakespeare
It is difficult to make a general judgement about genetic modification (GM), whether vegetable or animal, medical or agricultural, since these vary greatly among themselves and call for specific considerations. The risks involved are not always due to the techniques used, but rather to their improper or excessive application. Genetic mutations, in fact, have often been, and continue to be, caused by nature itself. Nor are mutations caused by human intervention a modern phenomenon. The domestication of animals, the crossbreeding of species and other older and universally accepted practices can be mentioned as examples. We need but recall that scientific developments in GM cereals began with the observation of natural bacteria which spontaneously modified plant genomes. In nature, however, this process is slow and cannot be compared to the fast pace induced by contemporary technological advances, even when the latter build upon several centuries of scientific progress. (Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, 133)
I ask for the grace to contribute where I can to the improvement of our world but not at the expense of future generations.
Help me to recognise and accept that the decisions I make today will impact on the future of our earth.