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Agricultural Biotechnology and Public Attitudes: An Attempt to Explain the Mismath between Experience and Perception


Aerni, Philipp (2015). Agricultural Biotechnology and Public Attitudes: An Attempt to Explain the Mismath between Experience and Perception. In: Watson, Ronald Ross; Preedy, Victor R. Genetically Modified Organisms in Food Production, Safety, Regulation and Public Health. London: Elsevier, 149-157.

Abstract

The main barriers to maximize the benefits and minimize the risk of modern agricultural biotechnology for society and the environment are not technical but regulatory in nature. Preventive regulation of agricultural biotechnology must be understood as a policy response to public rather than scientific concerns about the development and use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture. But measuring "public concern" is not an accurate science. Views voiced about GMOs are largely influenced by stakeholders who frame the public debate in the mass media. In this chapter, we discuss the endogeneous character of public attitude formation toward agricultural biothechnology and how stakeholders manage to shape a public narrative on the risks and benefits of GMOs. We conclude that the analysis of stakeholder interests may better help explain ongoing public opposition toward GMOs than different survey methodologies used to capture public attitudes.

Abstract

The main barriers to maximize the benefits and minimize the risk of modern agricultural biotechnology for society and the environment are not technical but regulatory in nature. Preventive regulation of agricultural biotechnology must be understood as a policy response to public rather than scientific concerns about the development and use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture. But measuring "public concern" is not an accurate science. Views voiced about GMOs are largely influenced by stakeholders who frame the public debate in the mass media. In this chapter, we discuss the endogeneous character of public attitude formation toward agricultural biothechnology and how stakeholders manage to shape a public narrative on the risks and benefits of GMOs. We conclude that the analysis of stakeholder interests may better help explain ongoing public opposition toward GMOs than different survey methodologies used to capture public attitudes.

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Contributors:Levy Nikki
Item Type:Book Section, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Center for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:1 September 2015
Deposited On:02 Sep 2015 14:28
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 19:22
Publisher:Elsevier
ISBN:978-0-12-802259-7
Related URLs:http://www.ccrs.uzh.ch (Author)

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