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The precautionary principle and non-scientific factors in biotech foods

Petetin, Ludivine ORCID: 2017. The precautionary principle and non-scientific factors in biotech foods. European Journal of Risk Regulation 8 (1) , pp. 106-111. 10.1017/err.2016.18

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In the current climate of rising food insecurity, new technologies such as modern agricultural biotechnologies, i.e. the genetic modification of plants and animals, and the cloning of animals, are identified as one of the main solutions to achieve sustainable intensification. The development of modern agricultural biotechnologies and their derived products have been controversial. Biotech foods are allegedly underpinned by scientific uncertainty. To regulate such technologies and to ensure information and safety, the European Union has adopted a precautionary approach relying on premarket authorisation and mandatory labelling. Despite these provisions, biotech foods continue to attract close scrutiny, in particular from the EU public. Against this background, this opinion explains why I came to research biotech foods, how these foods are currently regulated in the EU and why the existing regimes could be improved to allow for the consideration of consumer preferences and more generally non-scientific factors.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 1867-299X
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 23 August 2017
Date of Acceptance: 1 February 2017
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 05:20

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