BIOTECHNOLOGY AS ‘CULTURAL INVASION’: THEOLOGICAL REFLECTIONS ON FOOD SOVEREIGNTY AND COMMUNITY BUILDING IN AFRICA

Steve de Gruchy

Abstract


With famine gripping much of Southern Africa, issues of hunger and food security
are a key ethical concern for Christians in the subcontinent. This article examines
the growing debate around the implications of Genetic Engineering for agriculture
and food security from the perspective of social development. Drawing on the
conceptual framework of dialogical and anti-dialogical action suggested by the
Brazilian educationalist, Paulo Freire, the author argues that rather than being a
solution to the problem, this kind of technology will further exacerbate the
inequality and poverty that is at the root of hunger and famine. The article ends with
a reflection on food sovereignty and community building in Africa.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7833/82-0-900

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