- The opportunities are creation of organisms for food, medicines or energy supply with decreased use of fertile soil or other valuable space.
- The threats are intentional or unintentional creation of organisms that may harm mankind or environment or that may disrupt the natural competitive balance of organisms.
History shows that hazardous opportunities will always be developed. Efforts to forbid such opportunities usually fail and may even lead to unacceptable lead positions of malevolent people. Understanding and controlling of the technology seems a better alternative.
This standard considers genetic modification as harmful until an international body, comparable with the International Atomic Energy Agency controls the research and approves potential products. It is advised that stakeholders establish such agency on genetic engineering.
This standard will take a similar position to other frontier technologies which have potential gains and threats.»» back to parent page Points of view