How does scientific risk assessment of GM crops fit within the wider risk analysis?


Johnson, Katy L., Raybould, Alan F., Hudson, Malcolm D. and Poppy, Guy M. (2007) How does scientific risk assessment of GM crops fit within the wider risk analysis? Trends in Plant Science , 12, (1), 1-5. (doi:10.1016/j.tplants.2006.11.004 ).

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The debate concerning genetically modified crops illustrates confusion between the role of scientists and that of wider society in regulatory decision making. We identify two fundamental misunderstandings, which, if rectified, would allow progress with confidence. First, scientific risk assessment needs to test well-defined hypotheses, not simply collect data. Second, risk assessments need to be placed in the wider context of risk analysis to enable the wider ‘non-scientific’ questions to be considered in regulatory decision making. Such integration and understanding is urgently required because the challenges to regulation will escalate as scientific progress advances

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1360-1385 (print)
1878-4372 (electronic)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD61 Risk Management
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH426 Genetics
S Agriculture > SB Plant culture
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
ePrint ID: 75765
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:54
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/75765

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