“Next, Sir, I think you may have an exaggerated idea of the natural ness of ‘traditional’ or ‘organic’ agriculture. Agriculture has always been unnatural. Our species began to depart from our natural hunter-gatherer lifestyle as recently as 10,000 years ago – too short to measure on the evolutionary timescale.
Wheat, be it ever so wholemeal and stoneground, is not a natural food for Homo sapiens. Nor is milk, except for children. Almost every morsel of our food is genetically modified – admittedly by artificial selection not artificial mutation, but the end result is the same. A wheat grain is a genetically modified grass seed, just as a pekinese is a genetically modified wolf. Playing God? We’ve been playing God for centuries!
The large, anonymous crowds in which we now teem began with the agricultural revolution, and without agriculture we could survive in only a tiny fraction of our current numbers. Our high population is an agricultural (and technological and medical) artifact. It is far more unnatural than the population-limiting methods condemned as unnatural by the Pope. Like it or not, we are stuck with agriculture, and agriculture – all agriculture – is unnatural. We sold that pass 10,000 years ago."
Dawkins, Richard, “Don’t turn your back on science: An open letter from biologist Richard Dawkins to Prince Charles", The Observer, 21 May, 2000. retrieved from: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2000/may/21/gm.food1
今日剛好看到一篇文，題為＜Richard Dawkins談基因改造作物（Richard Dawkins talks about GMO crops）＞。一讀，原來是引用一篇十三年前的舊文！
十三年前，應該還是中學時候。那時候，我應該剛看過《自私的基因（The Selfish Gene）》，究竟懂得多少？不好說。肯定不算透徹吧。