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Can technology deliver global sustainability?

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Started: 1/23/2019 Category: Society
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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pezizanhh

Pro

Biotechnology: GM of crops increases their yield, Requires less pesticides and herbicides, And makes them able to grow in brackish water.
Biofuels: Produced from renewable energy sources such as wastes and agriculture, Biofuels can replace fossil fuels to reduce pollution, Are energy efficient, And reduce US dependence on foreign oil.
Green chemistry: Green chemistry and engineering researchers are working to develop alternative energy sources, Create solvent-free chemicals, And use renewable raw materials.
Life cycle changes: nanotechnology and sustainable materials management can create industrial production processes that track products from origin to expiry.
neonoctopus

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Let's argue gm crops first then biofuels then life cycle changes and green chemistry together.

Despite biotech industry promises, There is no evidence that any of the GMOs currently on the market offer increased yield, Drought tolerance, Enhanced nutrition, Or any other consumer benefit. Human studies show how genetically modified (GM) food can leave material behind inside us, Possibly causing long-term problems. Genes inserted into GM soy, For example, Can transfer into the DNA of bacteria living inside us, And that the toxic insecticide produced by GM corn was found in the blood of pregnant women and their unborn fetuses. Numerous health problems increased after GMOs were introduced in 1996. The percentage of Americans with three or more chronic illnesses jumped from 7% to 13% in just 9 years; food allergies skyrocketed, And disorders such as autism, Reproductive disorders, Digestive problems, And others are on the rise.

(https://responsibletechnology. Org)
Debate Round No. 1
pezizanhh

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neonoctopus

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But biofuels aren't the only option
Debate Round No. 2
pezizanhh

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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by missmedic 3 years ago
missmedic
If you want to use technology to help with global sustainability, Stop the poor and hungry from making more poor and hungry, Put a sterilizing agent in all food aid to foreign countries. Any one wanting food stamps or welfare should be sterilized, Any man and women that create an unwanted pregnancy requiring abortion should be sterilized. Offer all breading age citizens a one time payout to be sterilized.
Posted by missmedic 3 years ago
missmedic
Technology is not the solution, Humans as a whole, Seem to choose greed over need. If people are unwilling to change before it is to late, Then these technological band-aids you propose will make little if any difference. American's make up less then 5% of the world population and consume 25% of the world recourses, What does that tell you?
Posted by K_Michael_Tolman 3 years ago
K_Michael_Tolman
I notice that you're mostly focusing on biological options. There is also geothermal, Hydroelectric, Solar, And wind for alternative, Cleaner sources of energy. The problem is that we currently have enough food to feed everyone, It's just not distributed correctly. Energy is not much of a problem either, Really. Population control is one of the largest issues to address in the subject of global sustainability.
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