Seriously, I can't think of any other explanation for this.
There was an article in today's San Diego Union Tribune (on-line here), in which I told, and am supposed to believe, that the Swiss Parliament requires geneticists to consider, no not possible side effects to the environment, and no not the possibility of killing off humans, but rather the dignity of the plants they were working with.
Yes, you read that right, the dignity of the plants.
The Parliament had a group of folks get together and they wrote a 22-page treatise on “the moral consideration of plants for their own sake.”
This has to be a joke...