Food Biotechnology's Challenge to Cultural Integrity and Individual Consent
Thompson, Paul B.
Hastings Center Report. 1997 Jul-Aug; 27(4): 34-38.
Consumer response to genetically altered foods has been mixed in the United States. While transgenic crops have entered the food supply with little comment, other foods, such as the bioengineered tomato, have caused considerable controversy. Objections to genetically engineered food are varied, ranging from the religious to the aesthetic. One need not endorse these concerns to conclude that food biotechnology violates procedural protections of consumer sovereignty and religious liberty. Consumer sovereignty, a principle especially valued in this country, requires that information be made available so each individual or group may make food choices based on their own values. And as yet, there is no policy provision for informing consumers about the degree to which food has been genetically engineered.
Agriculture; Attitudes; Biotechnology; Cloning; Consent; Decision Making; Disclosure; DNA; Emotions; Food; Genetic Intervention; Health; Health Hazards; Industry; Informed Consent; Life; Plants; Public Participation; Public Policy; Recombinant DNA Research; Religion; Research; Risks and Benefits; Trust; Transgenic Animals; Transgenic Organisms; Transgenic Plants; Value of Life; Values;
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