Princeton University
Professor Lee M. Silver
WWS / MOL 586a : Biotechnology Policy
Week 2: Pre-Modern Biotechnology & Philosophy of Food (2006)
Controlling life and changing the biosphere
1. domestication of plants
2. origin of corn
3. domestication of animals
4. Playing God
5. invasive species
5a. invasive species
Twentieth century biotech
6. Crop enhancement techniques
7. The green revolution
Confrontation between philosophical worldviews
8. Debate over the meaning of GM
9. The meaning of transgenic
10. Process versus product
11. Idealism versus essentialism
12. Organic food
The Meaning of Risk
13. Pesticides in food
14. Precaution or risk-risk analysis
15. The dangers of organic food (meant to be provocative)