In recent years, pressing questions have been raised with regard to the use of new forms of biotechnology in the areas of agriculture, animal farming, medicine and environmental protection.

The new possibilities offered by current biological and biogenetic techniques are a source of hope and enthusiasm on one hand and of alarm and hostility on the other.

Scientific studies, researches and experiments about life have been long on-going in the world- especially in the countries of the “First World” or certain nations in the world that are considered wealthy and therefore can afford and do engage in advanced biotechnological ventures.

This is understandable and praiseworthy at the same time whereas life as such is the most precious reality in the world.

It has to be immediately added, however, that in addition to man, there are other living creatures that should be cared for in the plant kingdom as well as in the animal kingdom — through biotechnology. And needless to say, the environment plays a key role not only in protecting but also in enhancing life as such.

So is it that biotechnology becomes an ally in promoting life — human life, especially — without destroying the environment.

To make plants grow better and more, to have animals breed more and keep their health, to develop medicines to cure human sickness — these are considered as some key agenda of biotechnology.

So is it that to find out and do away with what contradicts the said basic agenda is necessarily included in the needed and proper biotechnological studies. And preserving the integrity of the environment is definitely included therein.

So it is that biological studies and biogenic techniques are imperative in the promotion of life on one hand and on the neutralization of whatever disfavors its safety on the other hand.

It then becomes a big ambiguity if said studies and techniques cause harm to the environment, the wholeness of which is definitely pro-life. Otherwise, such scientific ventures would be pro-death instead.

When properly undertaken, carefully applied and prudently propagated, the safe and beneficial findings of biotechnology gives humanity the fond hope of better health which is followed by longer life.

And this blessing is not only for the humanity of today but also for the men, women and children of tomorrow.

Known, proven and propagated as such, biological findings and biogenetic conclusions bring hope and security to man now and in the times yet to come.

Otherwise, when applied biotechnology could in effect harm the environment which is equal to hurting man, instead of bringing hope, it then becomes a cause for alarm.

This perception is not merely imagination but a reality in today’s world.

And this in effect spells “Danger” to the world, to humanity as a whole.

In this case, it is certainly not enough for those responsible for such a disastrous consequence to but say “Sorry!”

The guardians of pro-environment law should then do their job.

(Reprinted with permission of Archbishop Emeritus Oscar V. Cruz. From

–Written by Archbishop Oscar V.Cruz, The Daily Tribune.  See article link here.

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