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Food and agricultural biotechnology: a summary and analysis of ethical concerns.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18496654     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The range of social and ethical concerns that have been raised in connection with food and agricultural biotechnology is exceedingly broad. Many of these deal with risks and possible outcomes that are not unique to crops or animals developed using recombinant DNA. Food safety, animal welfare, socio-economic and environmental impacts, as well as shifts in power relations or access to technology raise concerns that might be generalized to many technologies. These aspects of the controversy over biotechnology are analyzed below as elements of general technological ethics, and key norms or values pertinent to each of these categories are specified in some detail. However, a number of special concerns unique to the use of rDNA in manipulating plant and animal genomes have been raised, and these are reviewed as well. The chapter concludes by reviewing two broad policy strategies for responding to the issues, one involving labels and consumer consent, the other applying the precautionary principle.
Paul B Thompson; William Hannah
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Advances in biochemical engineering/biotechnology     Volume:  111     ISSN:  1616-8542     ISO Abbreviation:  Adv. Biochem. Eng. Biotechnol.     Publication Date:  2008  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-08-05     Completed Date:  2008-10-17     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8307733     Medline TA:  Adv Biochem Eng Biotechnol     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  229-64     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Philosophy, Michigan State University, 48824-1320, East Lansing, MI 48824-1320, USA,
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MeSH Terms
Agriculture / ethics*
Biotechnology / ethics*
Consumer Product Safety*
Food Technology / ethics*
Genetic Engineering / ethics*
Plants, Genetically Modified*

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