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Food, Risk and PoliticsScare, Scandal and Crisis – Insights Into the RiskPolitics of Food Safety$
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Ed Randall

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780719072307

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719072307.001.0001

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GMOs and food – is anyone listening?

GMOs and food – is anyone listening?

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Food, Risk and Politics

Ed Randall

Manchester University Press

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

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