I’m all for better produce, but Kropotkin spelled out the realities of technological progress a long time ago, and nothing has changed:
And you, young engineer, you who dream of improving the lot of the workers by the application of science to industry — what a sad disappointment, what terrible disillusions await you! You devote the useful energy of your mind to working out the scheme of a railway which, running along the brink of precipices and burrowing into the very heart of mountains of granite, will bind together two countries which nature has separated. But once at work, you see whole regiments of workers decimated by privations and sickness in this dark tunnel — you see others of them returning home carrying with them, maybe, a few pence, and the undoubted seeds of consumption; you see human corpses — the results of a groveling greed — as landmarks along each yard of your road; and, when the railroad is finished, you see, lastly, that it becomes the highway for the artillery of an invading army…
How will sociopathic agribusiness corporations use CRISPR to their benefit while telling us it’s for our benefit? It’s interesting you specifically mentioned cacao trees in Ghana. How are the working conditions in Ghana? How are the lives of the people who produce chocolate going to improve from CRISPR?
Will we celebrate the achievements of science while Mars Inc. funds studies to map the chocolate genome, all while the Mars heirs add billions to their fortunes, leveraging each new innovation to more efficiently bleed child and slave labor in Africa?
Congratulations on better tasting Milky Way bars, I guess.