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The Canadian Council of Churches and its Commission on Faith and Witness is proud to announce the release of the first episode of Faith & Witness, a podcast exploring ecumenism. Each month we'll learn what happens when churches talk to each other, and about the people who have spent their lives in dialogue with Christians of other traditions.
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Oct 2, 2017

Have you ever wished you really understood genetic modification and food engineering? What does it really mean for us? Is it good? Is it bad? Who decides?

We know these technologies aren't going away. But, can science answer values questions?
 
Join us to discuss cutting-edge genetic research and its impacts on food and farming. What ethical questions do the technologies raise?
 
Links mentioned in the episode:
 
Synthetic biology products database:
http://database.synbiowatch.org/

NY Times articles about older GMOs; not synthetic biology, but the danger is the same with synthetic biology: sometimes we believe the hype about benefits and ignore the risks:
 
Monsanto Weed Killer Roundup Faces New Doubts on Safety in Unsealed Documents https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/14/business/monsanto-roundup-safety-lawsuit.html

Doubts About the Promised Bounty of Genetically Modified Crops http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/30/business/gmo-promise-falls-short.html?_r=0

Church positions on synthetic biology:

Commission of the Bishop’s Conferences of the European Community http://www.comece.eu/dl/KptMJKJOOMLJqx4KJK/20160119_SyntheticBIO_EN.pdf
 
Church of Scotland http://www.churchofscotland.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/3793/synthetic_biology_report.pdf
 
Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers) http://quakerservice.ca/SBIssues

The Quakers also produce general updates about twice a year with simple info on some of the applications of synthetic biology. These are available for download at:
http://quakerservice.ca/SyntheticBiology
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