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Ethical tensions from new technology: the case of agricultural biotechnology.

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This book is an exploration into ethical tensions that new technology creates, with a particular focus on agricultural biotechnology and genetically modified (GM) food. There are four main arenas where new technologies generally, and agricultural biotechnology in particular, create ethical tensions, fault lines and pressure points. These are: public opinion and public interest; policy and regulati...


Chapter 6 (Page no: 83)

Genetically modified organisms in food: ethical tensions and the labeling initiative.

This chapter explores the ethical implications of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food that originate from plants genetically altered through bioengineering. The chapter analyses the new federal statute recently passed in the USA purportedly to label these foods and evaluates whether in fact it does so in an effective and meaningful way to fulfill consumers' rights. The chapter highlights an approach that takes into account these ethical tensions and shifts the dialogue from public outcry to the policy and regulation arena. Accordingly, this proposal embraces participation of all stakeholders, education of the public on the potential risks, development of comprehensive labelling to enable informed consumer choice and establishment of a more active and independent role for government agencies in regulating biotechnology companies. The chapter concludes by providing queries to assist policy makers in implementing a new regulatory framework in the USA, recognizing that consideration be given to ethical tensions in shaping the international policy arena.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 12) Ethical tensions from a 'science alone' approach in communicating genetic engineering science to consumers. Author(s): Kolodinsky, J.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 26) Against the (GM) grain: ethical tensions and agrobiotechnology activism in the USA. Author(s): Jones, B. M.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 39) The use and abuse of the term 'GMO' in the 'common weal rhetoric' against the application of modern biotechnology in agriculture. Author(s): Aerni, P.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 53) Collaborating with the enemy? A view from down under on GM research partnerships. Author(s): Ankeny, R. A. Bray, H. J. McKinley, K. A.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 69) Three models of public opinion and public interest for agricultural biotechnology: precautionary, conventional and accommodative. Author(s): Windsor, D.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 97) Ethical tensions in regulation of agricultural biotechnology and their impact on policy outcomes: evidence from the USA and India. Author(s): Kolady, D. E. Srivastava, S. K.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 112) Technological pragmatism: navigating the ethical tensions created by agricultural biotechnology. Author(s): Scott, D.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 126) Absolute hogwash: assemblage and the new breed of animal biotechnology. Author(s): MacDonald, K. M.
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 137) Nature-identical outcomes, artificial processes: governance of CRISPR/cas genome editing as an ethical challenge. Author(s): Pirscher, F. Bartkowski, B. Theesfeld, I. Timaeus, J.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 151) New technology, cognitive bias and ethical tensions in entrepreneurial commercialization: the case of CRISPR. Author(s): Ng, D. James, H. S., Jr.
Chapter: 12 (Page no: 162) New technology, ethical tensions and the mediating role of translational research. Author(s): Valdivia, C. James, H. S., Jr. Quiroz, R.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Charles F. Dolan School of Business, Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2018
  • ISBN
  • 9781786394644
  • Record Number
  • 20183239076