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Genetically Modified Crops, Inclusion, and Democracy

Hicks, Daniel (2017) Genetically Modified Crops, Inclusion, and Democracy. Perspectives on Science.

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Abstract

The public controversy over genetically modified [GM] crops is predominantly framed in terms of health and safety risks to humans and the environment. However, opponents of GM crops are motivated by a wide variety of other social, political, and economic concerns. In this paper, I critically assess the predominance of the health and safety framing in terms of Iris Young's model of communicative democracy. I argue that the health and safety framing leads to the marginalization of the social, political, and economic concerns of GM opponents, within both public discourse and government, and is therefore democratically illegitimate.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Hicks, Danielhicks.daniel.j@gmail.com0000-0001-7945-4416
Keywords: genetically modified crops; science policy; deliberative democracy
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Science Policy
Specific Sciences > Sociology
Depositing User: Dan Hicks
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2016 00:13
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2016 00:13
Item ID: 12584
Journal or Publication Title: Perspectives on Science
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Molecular Biology/Genetics
General Issues > Ethical Issues
General Issues > Science Policy
Specific Sciences > Sociology
Date: 2017
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12584

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