Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Labeling Genetically Modified FoodThe Philosophical and Legal Debate$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Paul Weirich

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195326864

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195326864.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 12 December 2019

A Scientific Perspective on Labeling Genetically Modified Food

A Scientific Perspective on Labeling Genetically Modified Food

(p.3) 1 A Scientific Perspective on Labeling Genetically Modified Food
Labeling Genetically Modified Food

Michael W. Pariza

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins by considering how lawyers, chemists and biologists might define “food,” and how each perspective relates to the development of a rational food regulation program. The adjectives “novel,” “biotechnology‐derived” and “genetically‐modified,” are discussed in light of a food biotechnology continuum that began when humans first farmed crops and domesticated animals. The scientific basis for evaluating the safety of GM foods is discussed, and ecological considerations are addressed. The experience regarding the introduction of a GM tomato product in the United Kingdom by J. Sainsbury and Safeway stores is recounted. It is evident that science can help sort out the environmental and human health safety issues, but cannot settle philosophical and legal disputes that deal with matters beyond those that can be tested using the scientific method.

Keywords:   food regulation, novel food, biotechnology‐derived food, genetically‐modified food, safety evaluation, ecological considerations, J. Sainsbury and Safeway stores, scientific method

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .