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University of Guelph Centre for Safe Food, Department of Plant Agriculture. Food Under Fire: Risk in the Public Sphere By Shane Morris. www.plant.uoguelph.ca/safefood. Manifestation of attitudes! - Humour. OUTLINE. Risk in Food Risk Theory Biopolitics and social actors
Centre for Safe Food, Department of Plant Agriculture.
Food Under Fire: Risk in the Public Sphere
Assessing Risk & Benefit
Selecting a Strategy
Risk Communication Model
Good risk communication :
to facilitate an informed understanding of the risks andbenefits (William Leiss, Pres. Royal Society of Canada, web site) SAFETY
Rules of Risk Issue Management (Leiss):
1. Understand Risk Issue Management
2. Risk Issue Forecasting
“intensity of backlash surprised” KW-Record Feb. 22, 2001
3. Become fully engaged
4. Be proactive
5. Stay in for the long haul
a domain of our social life in which such a thing as public opinion can be formed.
Habermas: in the public sphere discourse becomes democratic through the "non-coercively unifying, consensus building force of a discourse in which participants overcome their at first subjectively biased views in favor of a rationally motivated agreement"
GM Food In Ireland - To Date only Experimental Field Trials
as the politicization of modern biotechnology issues within the political stream that can influence public policy at local, national and international levels. The concept of the political stream is derived from John Kingdon's book called Agenda, Alternatives and Public Policies (1984).
(2000, Trends in Biotech)
Local: School boards in the UK banning GM food in dinners
National: Field trials
International: EU member states or Biosafety Protocol
This formulation of naturally occurring pesticides is perfect for organic gardeners
The Lancet , Jan. 2001
Belgium: (December, 1999)
"The fact that the feed or food has a transgenic origin, implicating or not the insertion of transcriptionally-functional antibiotic resistance gene should not mathematically modify significantly the global probability of gene transfer from natural bacteria."
French: (April 2000)
The resistance gene (nptII) meets these criteria. Therefore, it can be used in plant transgenesis."
EU: (April 2000)“No scientific evidence that all GMO of this type (Ab-resis.) present adverse effects to human health or the environment.” BUT
“I am fully aware of the political importance...of proposed amendments”
Canada: (Feb. 2001) Royal Society recommended a ban on Ab-resis.
Bt vs. Conventional Sweet Corn
3 Carbofuran applications
2 Carbofuran and 1 pyrethroid
1 carbofuran and 2 pyrethroid
Bt vs Conventional Potatoes
East Cork Regional Office (EU Leader Project)
All (‘bio-’) politics is local!
All politics is local!
“I know of no safe depository of the ultimate power of society but the people themselves, and if we think them not enlightened to exercise their own control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them but to inform their discretion”
Thomas Jefferson to William C. Jarvis, 1820