Seeds, Science, and Struggle The Global Politics of Transgenic Crops
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Genetic engineering has a wide range of cultural, economic, and ethical implications, yet it has become almost an article of faith that regulatory decisions about biotechnology be based only on evidence of specific quantifiable risks; to consider anything else is said to "politicize" regulation. In this study of social protest against genetically engineered food, Abby Kinchy turns the conventional argument on its head. Rather than consider politicization of the regulatory system, she takes a close look at the scientization of public debate about the "contamination" of crops resulting from pollen drift and seed mixing. Advocates of alternative agriculture confront the scientization of this debate by calling on international experts, carrying out their own research, questioning regulatory science in court, building alternative markets, and demanding that their governments consider the social and economic impacts of the new technologies. Kinchy focuses on social conflicts over canola in Canada and maize in Mexico, drawing out their linkages to the global food system and international environmental governance. The book ultimately demonstrates the shortcomings of dominant models of scientific risk governance, which marginalize alternative visions of rural livelihoods and sustainable food production.
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Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 7/20/2012
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
|List of Acronyms|
|Introduction: Genes Out of Place|
|Free Markets, Sound Science|
|The Maize Movement and Expert Advice|
|The Politics of Biosafety Monitoring|
|Patents on Out-of-Place Genes|
|Protecting Organic Markets|
|Conclusion: Science and Struggles for Change|