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GMOs and food – is anyone listening?

Ed Randall

in Food, Risk and Politics

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780719072307
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702918 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719072307.003.0005
GMOs and food – is anyone listening?

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This chapter looks into the introduction of genetically modified (GM) materials into food. If there is a crisis, a crisis of confidence in GM science and its use in agriculture, it can be viewed as a kind of pre-emptive or anticipatory crisis. Clear evidence that GM food threatens the health of consumers does not exist. Yet European governments have invested considerable amounts of financial and political capital in responding to public anxieties. They have invested heavily in enhancing the public's understanding of the science underpinning GM crops.

Keywords: genetic modification; GM science; agriculture; consumer health; European governments; GM crops

Chapter.  11081 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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