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used in conjunction with ‘control’ and ‘technology.’ The serial bomber blames technology, especially computers, for a vast variety of social ills: the invasion of privacy, genetic engineering, and ‘environmental degradation through excessive economic growth’” (Heim 27). It is clear to say that the Unabomber would most likely be against the New Leaf Superior because of the fact that it is genetically engineered. Yes obviously, the New Leaf is genetically engineered, rendering it artificial, but there is no real proven problem posed here. All of the problems with the New Leaf come from theories and ideas, which were never proven to be true. Pollan explains a telephone conversation with Andrew Kimbrell, the director of the Center for Technology Assessment, explaining a

fear that the Unabomber most likely shares: “‘Biological pollution will be the environmental nightmare of the 21st century, ‘ he said when I reached him by phone. ‘This is not like chemical pollution – an oil spill – that eventually disperses. Biological pollution us an entirely different model, more like a disease. Is Monsanto going to be held legally responsible when one of its transgenes creates a superweed or resistant insect?’” (Pollan 4) Yes, Monsanto will be and should be held responsible if this happens, but my belief when touching upon technology is that we are always superior to it. A computer runs off of mathematical algorithms and binary code, which are both fabrications of man, putting the computer on a lower level than the programmer, as Heim

describes, “The computer is a subordinate device.”(Heim 33). Using the algorithms and binary code, a programmer is able to create anything he/she wants to within the boundaries of the computer. The same concept applies for biotechnology; man being the programmer and nature being the computer.. “One way to look at biotechnology is that it allows a larger portion of human intelligence to be incorporated into the plant itself” (Pollan 3) Biotechnology will always be subordinate to us because of the fact that we are the ones behind it. Like seen in many science fiction movies, when technology is able to expand itself on its own, is when we lose our position above it. If a resistance does happen, and the beetles do become resistant, Monsanto will be able to mend the problem,

using the same research and technology they used while developing the New Leaf. In the world of computers, when a virus comes up, experts go to work dissecting the code of the virus to understand what it exactly does to the computer. The programmers then go on to make a counter program which contains the code that will contradict the pattern of the virus, thus mending the problem. The term artificial comes into the picture when discussing the potatoes that the New Leaf plants create. These potatoes are artificial in the sense that their natural growth and makeup were tapped into and modified by man. Many see this as a health problem and are afraid to eat the them. “Last summer, biotech food emerged as the most explosive environmental issue in Europe. Protesters have destroyed

dozens of field trials of the very same ‘frankenplants’ (as they are sometimes called) that we Americans are already serving for dinner, and throughout Europe the public has demanded that biotech food be labeled in the market” (Pollan 1) In fact the potatoes are as safe to eat as organic potatoes, according to the FDA, which evaluated the nutrition and safety of the New Leaf product a numerous amount of times. “Monsanto, for its part, claims that it has thoroughly examined all the potential environmental and health risks of its biotech plants, and points out that three regulatory agencies – the U.S.D.A, the E.P.A. and the F.D.A. – have signed off on its products” (Pollan 4) Obviously, these potatoes were required to undergo numerous tests before they were open to

consumers and farmers for purchase, which I believe is a worthy endorsement that the potatoes are safe to eat and grow. The new leaf potatoes fall into the same category as the artificial communities discussed in paper #3. An artificial, virtual community functions as a community, and delivers a sense of community gratification to users, such like the New Leaf Superior potato was developed by man, yet easily replaces an organic potato. Morality and ethics are also introduced when discussing the New Leaf and biotechnology. Individuals believe that humans are not in the position to meddle with nature, are not in the position to play god, yet some in the past and present, including myself, place technology before morality and ethics “Seventeenth century rationalists like Gottfried