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A Critical Assessment of Public Consultations on GMOs in the European Union

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  • Marko Ahteensuu
  • Helena Siipi

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The paper highlights shortcomings in the public consultation practices on the deliberate release and placing on the market of GMOs in the European Union and in one of its member countries, Finland. It is argued that current GMO consultation practices do not meet the aims and objectives on which their introduction is typically justified. Specifically, they do not serve democracy, increase consensus, enable better decisions to be made, or establish trust. We conclude that there is a clear need for the active development of the GMO consultation practices and for a further critical discussion on the ethical and socio-political foundation of public engagement.

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  • Marko Ahteensuu & Helena Siipi, 2009. "A Critical Assessment of Public Consultations on GMOs in the European Union," Environmental Values, White Horse Press, vol. 18(2), pages 129-152, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:env:journl:ev18:ev1806
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    Cited by:

    1. Marianne Aasen & Arild Vatn, 2013. "Deliberation on GMOs: A Study of How a Citizens' Jury Affects the Citizens' Attitudes," Environmental Values, White Horse Press, vol. 22(4), pages 461-481, August.
    2. Susanne Menzel & Tom L. Green, 2013. "Sovereign Citizens and Constrained Consumers: Why Sustainability Requires Limits on Choice," Environmental Values, White Horse Press, vol. 22(1), pages 59-79, February.

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    Keywords

    Public engagement and consultation; GMOs; European Commission; Finnish Board for Gene Technology; deliberative democracy;

    JEL classification:

    • D7 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making
    • D8 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics

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