GMOs : The EU-US Dispute Over Regulation of Genetically Modified Organisms and Foods

TitleGMOs : The EU-US Dispute Over Regulation of Genetically Modified Organisms and Foods
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2010
PublisherScience, Technology and Society Initiative at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
Publication Languageeng
AbstractThis case explores the controversy over genetically modified foods and organisms, and the differences in how the United States and the European Union have responded to public opinion, scientific evidence, and industry pressures in creating its regulations and policy decisions.  While the EU relies heavily on the precautionary principle, which mandates avoiding a new technology until its long-term consequence's are known, the U.S. is guided by the rule that a new activity or technology may proceed until it is shown to cause significant harm.  The case shows the origins and consequences of regulatory policies diverging between different countries and the tensions in responding to diverse and strong opinions among citizens, scientists, and business interests when conclusive research results are not available.
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