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Neoliberal origins of anti-GM protest in Europe

Levidow, Les (2015). Neoliberal origins of anti-GM protest in Europe. In: Macnaghten, Phil and Carro-Ripalda, Susana eds. Governing Agricultural Sustainability: Global Lessons from GM Crops. Pathways to Sustainability. London: Routledge, pp. 179–185.

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As the context for this article, the GMFuturos study analyses how the GM crop controversy symbolised a struggle against unwanted forms of neoliberal globalisation in three countries (India, Brazil and Mexico). This article likewise situates the European GM controversy within a long-standing European political agenda of neoliberal policymaking. A biotechnological vision of further industrialising European agriculture was promoted as an overall solution to the problem of European competitiveness. Through various policy and legislative frameworks, these institutional commitments foreclosed European futures, thus provoking conflicts over democratic accountability. As a main lesson to be drawn, political-economic contexts always define the nature of a technology, in turn as the basis for contextualising public responses.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2015 Phil Macnaghten and Susana Carro-Ripalda
ISBN: 1-138-89182-7, 978-1-138-89182-1
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
‘Precautionary Expertise for GM Crops’, Quality of Life and Management of Living ResourcesQLRT-2001-00034European Commission
Keywords: neoliberal policymaking; genetically modified (GM) crops; European Union; risk-based regulation; proprietary knowledge
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography > Development
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Politics, Philosophy, Economics, Development, Geography
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
International Development & Inclusive Innovation
Item ID: 43525
Depositing User: Les Levidow
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2015 14:57
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 19:08
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