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The Challenge of Scientific Uncertainty and Disunity in Risk Assessment and Management of GM Crops

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  • Anne Ingeborg Myhr

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The controversy over commercial releases of genetically modified (GM) crops demonstrates that there is a need for new approaches that are more broadly based, transparent and able to acknowledge the uncertainties involved. This article investigates whether new forms of knowledge production as prescribed in the concept of post-normal science can improve risk governance of GM crops. The GM science review carried out in the UK in 2003 serves as a case study and the focus is on how scientific uncertainty and public concern was taken into account. Some recommendations are advanced for assessing scientific uncertainty, for accommodating scientific disputes and for integrating stakeholders' interests and perspectives in relations to GM crops.

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  • Anne Ingeborg Myhr, 2010. "The Challenge of Scientific Uncertainty and Disunity in Risk Assessment and Management of GM Crops," Environmental Values, White Horse Press, vol. 19(1), pages 7-31, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:env:journl:ev19:ev1902
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    1. Rosemary Robins, 2012. "The Controversy over GM Canola in Australia as an Ontological Politics," Environmental Values, White Horse Press, vol. 21(2), pages 185-208, May.
    2. Klara Fischer & Elisabeth Ekener-Petersen & Lotta Rydhmer & Karin Edvardsson Björnberg, 2015. "Social Impacts of GM Crops in Agriculture: A Systematic Literature Review," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 7(7), pages 1-23, July.

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    Keywords

    GMOs; crops; the precautionary principle; post-normal science; risk management; scientific uncertainty;

    JEL classification:

    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • Q55 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environmental Economics: Technological Innovation

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