The social aspects of food biotechnology: A European view

David Barling, Huib De Vriend, Jos A. Cornelese, Bo Ekstrand, Edwin F. F. Hecker, John Howlett, Jørgen H. Jensen, Tim Lang, Sue Mayer, Kirsten B. Staer, Rob Top

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The application of the modern biotechnology to food, notably through the use of GM, has raised concern amongst the European public. Values that underlie this public concern about food biotechnology, include perceptions of: trust, choice, need, and care for a sustainable society and natural balance. Recommendations are advocated for addressing these social aspects, in terms of improving consumer choice, promoting greater public involvement in decision making and achieving a sustainable society. A model of risk analysis for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically modified food that incorporates this social dimension, through the integration of risk analysis with a social impact analysis is proposed, in order to build greater popular trust into the decision making processes. Copyright (C) 1999 Elsevier Science B.V.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-93
Number of pages9
JournalEnvironmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1999


  • Consumer choice in the food chain
  • European Union
  • Food
  • Food biotechnology
  • Genetic modification
  • Genetically modified organisms
  • Public participation and decision making
  • Risk analysis
  • Social impact analysis
  • Trust


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