Labeling Genetically Modified Food: The Philosophical And Legal Debate

Hardcover | October 24, 2007

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Food products with genetically modified (GM) ingredients are common, yet many consumers are unaware of this. When polled, consumers say that they want to know whether their food contains GM ingredients, just as many want to know whether their food is natural or organic. Informing consumers isa major motivation for labeling. But labeling need not be mandatory. Consumers who want GM-free products will pay a premium to support voluntary labeling. Why do consumers want to know about GM ingredients? GM foods are tested to ensure safety and have been on the market for more than a decade. Still, many consumers, including some with food allergies, want to be cautious. Also, GM crops may affect neighboring plants through pollen drift. Despitetests for environmental impact, some consumers may worry that GM crops will adversely effect the environment. The study of risk and its management raises questions not settled by the life sciences alone. This book surveys various labeling policies and the cases for them. It is the first comprehensive, interdisciplinary treatment of the debate about labeling genetically modified food. The contributors include philosophers, bioethicists, food and agricultural scientists, attorneys/legal scholars, andeconomists.

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Food products with genetically modified (GM) ingredients are common, yet many consumers are unaware of this. When polled, consumers say that they want to know whether their food contains GM ingredients, just as many want to know whether their food is natural or organic. Informing consumers isa major motivation for labeling. But labelin...

Paul Weirich is Professor of Philosophy at University of Missouri-Columbia.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 6.1 × 9.29 × 0.91 inPublished:October 24, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface/Acknowledgements/Introduction1. Michael W. Pariza: A Scientific Perspective on Labeling Genetically Modified Food2. R. Michael Roberts: Genetically Modified Organisms for Agricultural Food Production: The Extent of the Art and the State of the Science3. Frederick Degnan: Biotechnology and the Food Label: A Legal Perspective4. Margaret Rosso Grossman: Traceability and Labeling of GM Food and Feed in the European Union5. Robert Streiffer and Alan Rubel: Genetically Engineered Animals and the Ethics of Food Labeling6. Peter Markie: Mandatory GE Labels and Consumer Autonomy7. Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes, Leonie A Marks, and Steven S. Vickner: Market Evidence of Consumer Response to Mandated Genetically Modified Food Labels8. Thomas O. McGarity: Frankenfood Free: Consumer Sovereignty, Federal Regulation and Industry Control in Marketing and Choosing Food in the U.S.9. Philip G. Peters and Thomas A. Lambert: Regulatory Barriers to Consumer Information10. Clark Wolf: Labeling GM Foods: Rights, Interests, Enforcement, and Institutional Options11. Carl Cranor: Different Conceptions of Food Labels and Acceptable Risks: Some Contingent/Institutional Considerations in Favor of Labeling12. Paul Weirich: Using Food Labels to Regulate RisksIndex

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"The biggest strength of this volume is its interdisciplinary roster of authoritative contributors, most of whom are leaders in the discourse on genetically modified food policy in the US.... A holistic reading gives a balanced range of perspectives on this timely and controversial topic."--J.M. Deutsch, CHOICE