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Acceptable Genes?: Religious Traditions and Genetically Modified Foods (Suny Series on Religion and the Environment)

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Surveys that focus on national populations and general questions about attitudes towards food biotechnology are likely missing the views of subpopulations whose traditions and beliefs raise for them unique questions about food and dietary practice. For example, generic questions about whether genetically modified foods should be labeled may elicit a different response than one that premised the question with regards to Islamic identity and halal dietary rules. Brunk (philosophy, U. of Victoria, Canada) and Coward (emeritus, history, U. of Victoria, Canada) present 11 papers investigating the moral and religious attitudes of these significant subpopulations within pluralistic societies. They primarily focus on Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Chinese religionists, and ethical vegetarians in North American society and limit their inquiry to consumption issues as opposed to environmental or ecological concerns. The investigations were conducted through the use of focus groups whose members were recruited from local religious communities in Western Canada, combining both "expert interpreters" of the religious traditions alongside "nonexpert" lay adherents, in which groups were presented with a presentation on the nature of genetically modified food technology and asked about their reactions to the technology in light of their dietary philosophies and commitments. The authors of the papers also include their own views of GM foods and highlight differences between their views and those that emerged out of the focus groups. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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At the supermarket, modern biotechnology has surpassed science fiction with such feats as putting fish genes in tomatoes to create a more cold-resistant crop. While the environmental and health concerns over such genetically modified foods have been the subject of public debate, religious and spiritual viewpoints have been given short shrift. This book seeks to understand the moral and religious attitudes of groups within pluralistic societies whose traditions and beliefs raise for them unique questions about food and dietary practice.

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ISBN:
9781438428949
Author:
Brunk, Conrad G.
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Editor:
Coward, Harold
Subject:
Genetically modified foods
Subject:
Religion & Science
Subject:
Religion Miscellaneous-Religion and Science
Subject:
Religion World-Religion and Science
Series:
Suny Series on Religion and the Environment
Publication Date:
20091131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.00x5.90x.70 in. .85 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , At the supermarket, modern biotechnology has surpassed science fiction with such feats as putting fish genes in tomatoes to create a more cold-resistant crop. While the environmental and health concerns over such genetically modified foods have been the subject of public debate, religious and spiritual viewpoints have been given short shrift. This book seeks to understand the moral and religious attitudes of groups within pluralistic societies whose traditions and beliefs raise for them unique questions about food and dietary practice.
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