Biotech must consider ethics, compassion: Turkson

Cardinal Turkson

Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, has told those on both sides of the GM debate that they must engage in conversation and dialogue, reports the Catholic News Service.

Arriving at Des Moines, Iowa in the US for the World Food Prize, Cardinal Turkson talked with scientists, researchers, policymakers and students. He also made time to talk with those who have concerns about genetically modified food and family farms.To both groups, he brought the same message.

Cardinal Turkson delivered the keynote address at the World Food Prize's Borlaug Dialogue luncheon on October 16, which drew more than 900 people from more than 60 countries to Des Moines.

Research must be done with ethics and a clear long-term vision that respects human dignity and strives for the common good, he said.

Praising Norman Borlaug, who founded the World Food Prize, Cardinal Turkson said the scientist left a rich legacy. The dialogue launched a yearlong centennial observance of Borlaug's birth. An American agronomist, humanitarian and Nobel laureate, he has been called "agriculture's greatest spokesperson.

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Biotech must consider ethics, compassion: Turkson (CNS)

Biotechnology must be ethical, says Cardinal (Catholic Herald)

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