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GMOs and other science marvels: are we turning ourselves into industrial experiments?


Our entire society functions on technology that works. Right down to the little things, which became abundantly clear this afternoon when one of my windshield wipers flew off this as I drive through the mud and salt road-spray. I needed that wiper.

The day before, I had a conversation with my brother-in-law about the same sort of thing. We were watching a NASCAR race. He’s a trucker, and during commercials we talked about how much we depend on trucks for survival. If the trucks stopped in the middle of winter, he said, every store would be out of food within a week, and we’d all be starving the week after.

We’ve placed a high level of trust in our technology. Maybe that’s why we’re so willing to accept any technological innovation that adds to our immediate quality of life.

But back to the NASCAR race. Years ago televised races were pretty boring, but now the cameras inside all the cars take you right inside the action. The cameras also pick up another important detail. I noticed a prom…

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