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Wild or Farmed? Seeking Effective Science in a Controversial Environment

Bocking, Stephen (2007) Wild or Farmed? Seeking Effective Science in a Controversial Environment. Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science, 1 (1). pp. 48-57. ISSN 1913 0465

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Abstract

Arguments implicating nature and science can arise in the most unlikely places. At the supermarket smoked salmon awaits shoppers: chinook salmon from British Columbia, and Atlantic salmon from B.C., New Brunswick, or Norway. They are priced the same, and look similar, but embedded in their diverse provenance is a controversy thirty years in the making. The “wild” chinook salmon were caught in the open ocean; the “farmed” Atlantic salmon were raised in pens in coastal inlets. The distinction has spawned an intense debate over salmon farming (also known as aquaculture)—nowhere more so than in British Columbia. In some ways this coastal controversy is unique, epitomizing the symbolic significance of all things marine to British Columbians. But it shares a crucial feature with other controversies, such as those involving genetically modified organisms, nanotechnology, or climate change. Since the debate began, science has played an essential role as a source of information and authority. Scientific knowledge and practice can be said to have contributed to creating the controversy, have added to its intractability, and, perhaps hold some keys to its resolution.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Bocking, Stephensbocking@trentu.ca
Keywords: epistemology, science and technology studies, expertise, experts, democracy
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Ecology/Conservation
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Technology
Depositing User: Jessie Hall
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2018 17:50
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2018 17:50
Item ID: 15459
Journal or Publication Title: Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science
Publisher: The University of Toronto
Official URL: https://spontaneousgenerations.library.utoronto.ca...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.4245/sponge.v1i1.2971
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Biology > Ecology/Conservation
General Issues > Science and Society
General Issues > Science and Policy
General Issues > Technology
Date: 8 December 2007
Page Range: pp. 48-57
Volume: 1
Number: 1
ISSN: 1913 0465
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15459

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