Pope Francis Slams GMOs and Pesticides for Environmental and Social Damage

Sustainable Pulse, Jun 16 2015

Pope Francis slams both GMOs and pesticides in a draft of his major environmental document .

” We get sick, for example, due to inhalation of large amounts of smoke produced by fuels used for cooking and heating. This is added to by… fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides and toxic pesticides in general. Technology that is linked to finance, claims to be only solving problems… this solves a problem by creating others.

It creates a vicious circle in which the intervention of the human being to solve a problem often worsens the situation further. For example, many birds and insects die out as a result of toxic pesticides created by technology, they are useful to agriculture itself, and their disappearance will be compensated with another technological intervention that probably will bring new harmful effects… looking at the world we see that this level of human intervention, often in the service of finance and consumerism, actually causes the earth we live in to become less rich and beautiful, more and more limited and gray, while at the same time the development of technology and consumerism continues to advance without limits. ”

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