plot reads like what you could expect if Stephen King teamed up
with Arthur C. Clarke, but it is horrifyingly real. Other countries
now require that genetically-modified foods be labeled as such.
Why does the United States lag behind the Netherlands, Germany,
Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, Hungaryand even Iran
and Ethiopiain demanding truth in labeling?
Of course. genetic engineering
is just one scenario of many in the technology-gone-awry -in-the-hands-of-moguls-gone-mad
category. If these have become a science-fiction clich, it
is only because industry offers Hollywood so much rich material.
Recent memory easily yields catastrophes like the Exxon tanker Valdez
oil spill and Union Carbide's murderous gas leak in Bopal, India.
Not far behind are the "historic" disasters of Three Mile
Island, Thalidomide and leaky silicone breast implants.
As Dr. Lee Hitchcox
points out in Long Life Now, (Celestial Arts, Berkeley 1996): One
of the harshest economic realities of our time is the schizoid,
conflict-of-interest syndrome that contributes to the scandalous
American mortality rate: Dow Chemical and Monsanto sell pesticides
as well as anti-cancer drugs; DuPont and Union Carbide market both
pesticides and medical diagnostic equipment; General Electric operates
hazardous waste sites and also sells mammography machines; and ICI-Zeneca,
founding sponsor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, peddles pesticides
and anti-cancer drugs.
So long as such giants
rank their bottom line above human lives, our very planet is at
risk. Its no wonder that in 1996, of the 77 percent of the
Americans asked how much confidence they had in large business corporations,
45 percent said "some," 30 percent said "very little,"
and two percent said they had "none." What
do YOU think?
As Stephen R. Covey
(The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People) says:
Companies have to consider
the double bottom line: not just the financial bottom line, but
the quality of life and relationships. And not just with their people,
but with all their stakeholders their suppliers, their customers,
their stockholders, their communities. The double bottom line is
equal to the parable of the goose and the golden egg. You don't
want to just protect the eggs; you need to protect that goose as
well. That's what we need.
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