Genetic Engineering: ISKCON’s ‘Position’

Sometimes people ask what ISKCON’s stance is on issues such as genetic modification. According to the principle of yukta vairagya, ‘gm’ is neither good nor bad. In agricultural gm for example, if more nutritious foods or more copious quantities of vegetables and grains can be produced in the same amount of space, well and good. But gm ‘experiments’ are still being enacted and we the general public are the test rats, so, if the present dangers of gm outweigh its potential to help, then we must be opposed, even officially. As long as we don’t take stands on certain issues, even if they have become politically charged (like the abortion issue), we shall remain irrelevant. Srila Prabhupada didn’t want his movement to become political, but he didn’t want it to be irrelevant.