Steve Ansul

当技术恐惧症变得有害之时

发自斯坦福——1990年代末期在全球范围内出现了一个特殊的现象。众多食品与饮料生产企业一个接一个地屈服于抗议分子的压力之下,向一个充满前景的新技术——通过基因工程使植物生产出特定成分——说不。而时至今日,这种状况还依然在持续。

日本酿酒商麒麟和丹麦酿酒商嘉士伯都将基因改造成份排除在自产的啤酒之外。在美国,快餐连锁巨头麦当劳的餐单中,食品生产商亨氏还有盖博(当时还是瑞士Novartis公司的一部分)的婴儿食品系列里都不见基因改造成份的身影;零食生产商Frito-Lay也要求为其供应原料的种植者停止种植某一品种的玉米,因为其含有一种通过基因工程改造过的用以防止害虫侵袭的细菌蛋白。

人们列举了许多种理由来证明上述措施是有必要的,但事实上在向一小撮狡猾的抗议分子屈服的同时,这些企业转而选择向消费者提供更不安全的食品,并因此将自身暴露在法律风险之下。

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