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Description - GM Food on Trial by Les Levidow

Europe was told that it had no choice but to accept agbiotech, yet this imperative was turned into a test of democratic accountability for societal choices. Since the late 1990s, European public controversy has kept the agri-biotech industry and its promoters on the defensive. As some opponents and regulators alike have declared, `GM food/crops are on trial'. Suspicion of their guilt has been evoked by moral symbols, as disputes over whether genetically-modified products are modest benign improvements on traditional plant breeding, or dangerous Frankenfoods; and in disputes over whether they are global saviours, or control agents of multinational companies. This book examines European institutions being `put on trial' for how their regulatory procedures evaluate and regulate GM products, in ways which opened up alternative futures. Levidow and Carr highlight how public controversy created a legitimacy crisis, leading to national policy changes and demands, in turn stimulating changes in EU agbiotech regulations as a strategy to regain legitimacy.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415955416
ISBN-10: 0415955416
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 310
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 4-Nov-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Les Levidow

Les Levidow is on the faculty of the Development Policy and Practice department at The Open University. Susan Carr is a Senior Lecturer in Systems at The Open University.

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