Making the Market "Safe" for GM Foods: The Case of the Canadian Biotechnology Advisory Committee

Scott Prudham, Angela Morris

Abstract


Scott Prudham and Angela Morris analyze the complex politics surrounding the regulation of agricultural biotechnology. Governments are subject to conflicting pressures in this area: on the one hand, to support the biotechnology industry, seen as an innovative and potentially transformative sector, and on the other, to respond to consumer concerns about the ethical, social, and safety implications of the new biotech products. Prudham and Morris examine government's attempt to mediate this conflict by considering the case of the Canadian Biotechnology Advisory Committee (CBAC) between 1999 and 2003. They argue that the CBAC GM foods project was, at best, a poorly conceived effort to engage with and respond to public concerns about GM foods, compromised by a prior commitment to commercialization.

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Studies in Political Economy:
Online ISSN 1918-7033
Print ISSN 0707-8552