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The Regulation of Genetically Modified Organisms: Comparative Approaches$
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Luc Bodiguel and Michael Cardwell

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199542482

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542482.001.0001

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Genetically Modified Organisms and Risk

Genetically Modified Organisms and Risk

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The Regulation of Genetically Modified Organisms: Comparative Approaches

Karen Morrow

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the concept of risk as it applies to the regulation of GMOs. In so doing, it examines the oftentimes problematic, yet still dominant, hybrid scientific and political character of risk regulation in the arena of agricultural biotechnology and its legal ramifications. The dominance of technocracy and difficulties of constructing viable inter-disciplinary dialogue are also discussed. Further, the chapter considers the problems experienced in attempting to invoke greater public participation as a regulatory response to engaging with and determining acceptable levels of risk, something that is increasingly viewed as a contested concept. A central point of discussion is the role of law in dealing with the disputes that inevitably arise in so controversial a field.

Keywords:   genetically modified organisms, litigation, precautionary principle, public participation, regulation, risk assessment and management, science, stakeholders, uncertainty

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