Biotech and Responsibility

Zoë Robaey

Food was always an important part of Zoë Robaey’s life. So, it not surprising that she ended up writing a PhD thesis on the ethics of food technology. Zoë claims that moral problems with the use of genetically modified seeds are mainly due to the way in which we understand ownership. This prevents farmers from being well-informed about the biotechnology in these seeds. But knowledge is an important condition for moral responsibility. Zoë is one of the former PhD students of the Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW) who are being interviewed on the site http://www.theyoungphilosophers.org/en/. This talk about her research was held at the Brainwash Festival 2017 (http://www.brainwash.nl).