Mandatory Genetic Engineering Labels and Consumer Autonomy
Some proponents of mandatory labels for GE (genetically engineered) products present the autonomy argument: The labeling of GE products as such should be mandatory because consumers need this information to make purchase decisions that are informed by their values. The argument's appeal to consumer values and autonomy seems to settle the issue of mandatory labels independently of safety issues. This chapter examines three versions of the argument, shows that each is unsuccessful, and explains the poor prospects for a successful autonomy argument.
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