The Sierra Magazine examines the achievements of the modern agribusiness as a "self-contained factory" with sophisticated tools and techniques. The story package finds that "the concern about genetic engineering isn't that it enables us to commit altogether new mistakes; it's that it perfects out ability to commit old ones." The authors point out that the "overriding question about biotechnology is not whether we are for or against this or that technical achievement, but whether the debate will be carried out in such fragmented terms." The articles describe in detail most of the tools of the modern biotechnology, and look at the question whether we are "losing sight of ... the diverse and complex communities and habitats we live in."
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