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EU regulatory conflicts over GM food: lessons for the future

Levidow, Les (2014). EU regulatory conflicts over GM food: lessons for the future. In: Thompson, Paul B. and Kaplan, David M. eds. Encyclopedia of Agricultural and Food Ethics. Dordrecht: Springer Science+Business Media.

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Since the 1980s agricultural biotechnology has been promoted as a symbol of European progress and political-economic integration. Policy language has focused on ‘modern biotechnology’, encompassing various techniques, yet policy measures have favoured genetic modification techniques and their products. According to proponents, agbiotech provides a clean technology for enhancing eco-efficient agro-production. By the late 1990s, however, this technological trajectory was stigmatised as suspect. It was being called ‘GM food’, or OGM in Romance languages, or Gen-Müll (garbage) in German, etc. The trajectory became negatively associated with factory farming, its hazards, and unsustainable agriculture. GM products have generally faced commercial and/or regulatory blockages to market access in Europe.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2012 Springer Science+Business Media
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Precautionary Expertise for GM Crops (PEG)QLRT-2001-00034European Commission
Extra Information: 7 pp.
Keywords: agbiotech; GM food; European Union; democratic accountability
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Development
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
International Development & Inclusive Innovation
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Item ID: 39988
Depositing User: Les Levidow
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2014 11:24
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2020 02:06
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