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Started: 3/11/2014 Category: Science
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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emilyt

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The majority of people living in third world countries aren"t wealthy enough to afford vaccines for themselves or their families. This can cause millions to lose their lives to diseases that can be prevented. Scientists have found a way to solve this problem. Geneticists have found a way to genetically modify different plants such as bananas, potatoes, or even algae to carry vaccines for a multitude of diseases. This new and innovative way to deliver vaccines could help prevent a lot of people from getting sick. This could help so many people that it is surprising that some people are opposed. Shouldn't our priority be to help others? According to the opponents, they believe that there are just too many problems with this idea and that the end does not justify the means. There are some issues, but they can all be easily remedied. Dosage is one of the main ones. People think it would be incredibly hard to control, but if you think about it, its not. If every banana was a quarter of a dose or half of a dose it would be easy to control how much you took. There are some cons but the pros far outweigh them. People just need to ask themselves- isn't every human life worth the effort?
Yihman

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I accept your challenge.

I would like to ask you a question first and foremost. Who do you propose will be funding this? I don't want to see my tax dollars being spent in another country when we have homeless people here that need a roof over their head, and food in their belly. If you propose that the funding come from private charities, and donations that will be more acceptable, but still not a charity I would contribute to. How much of the donated money would actually go towards giving these people vaccines?

The world population is exploding at an exponential rate. http://en.wikipedia.org... We live on a finite planet with finite resources. Which country(s)' ecosystem do you propose we disrupt by introducing vaccines? Keep in mind many third world countries lack sufficient food, and drinking water for the existing population, and IF (it's a big IF for a reason. Most vaccines are worthless.) the vaccines are effective then wouldn't that increase the suffering of the people who inhabit those lands by reducing the food and water supply further?

I won't argue that human life is not worth the effort. However sometimes quality of life is more important than quantity of life.
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