Concern relates to personal philosophy, perception of risks and familiarity
with biology. Areas of concern include:
information on concerns over biotechnology, see the Union
of Concerned Scientists
in one area will impact the entire ecosystem. No one really knows
what will happen. People can not anticipate and control all potential
risks of gene transfer.
do not have the right to modify plants or animals. Only those changes
which occur "naturally" without human intervention should be permitted.
products should be tested for human and environmental safety. This
should include long term animal feedings and clinical human tests
and extensive crop field testing.
social and economic consequences of changes in biotechnology are inadequately
development of pesticide-resistant plants may cause farmers to use
pesticides more frequently if the pesticides do not harm the agricultural
crop. Alternatively, weeds could become resistant to pesticides.
scientific techniques of making changes in DNA are subject to patent
laws. Critics of this technology believe this enables companies to