GM Food on Trial : Testing European Democracy, Hardback Book



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.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 310 pages, 10 Halftones, black and white; 16 Tables, black and white; 10 Illustrations, black and wh
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
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  • Category: Agronomy & crop production
  • ISBN: 9780415955416



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