Re: declaration of indigenous peoples on genome project

Ruby Rohrlich (rohrlich@GWIS2.CIRC.GWU.EDU)
Tue, 7 Mar 1995 11:43:04 -0500

I think you under-estimate the difference between environmental
manipulation and genetic m anipulation. This difference is not just one
of scale, but of degree. Did you ever read Huxley's "Brave New World"?
Ruby Rohrlich

On Tue, 7 Mar 1995, Caroline Jeannerat wrote:

> In full agreement with the statement: western interference resulted
> in environmental destruction and disposession. Environmental change
> used as an instrument of disappropriation.
> Not in agreement with: "the principles of harmony requires that
> we do not violate the principles of Creation by manipulating and
> changing the natural order" . Human utilisation of the environment -
> in what ever form/manner - leads to environmental change. The
> difference between gatherer-hunting, farming and genetic manipulation
> is merely one of scale. Would agree that the impact of genetic
> manipulation is potentially much higher, but in principle it is
> the same thing.
> The standpoint taken in the declaration, therefore, is a rather
> extreme one. Whereas it is understandable within its political
> context, it leaves little scope for discussion of the many shades of
> grey that exist.
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> Caroline Jeannerat
> Dept. of Social Anthropology
> Univ. of the Witwatersrand
> P.O.Wits
> 2050 Johannesburg
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