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Time for a New EU Regulatory Framework for GM Crops?
Philosophy and History, KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Philosophy and History of Technology, Philosophy.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4063-3219
2017 (English)In: Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, ISSN 1187-7863, E-ISSN 1573-322X, Vol. 30, no 3, p. 325-347Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In recent years, the EU legislation on genetically modified (GM) crops has come under severe criticism. Among the arguments are that the present legislation is inconsistent, disproportionate, obsolete from a scientific point of view, and vague in terms of its scope. In this paper, the EU GM legislation (mainly the "Release Directive", 2001/18/EC) is analysed based on five proposed criteria: legal certainty, non-discrimination, proportionality, scientific adaptability, and inclusion of non-safety considerations. It is argued that the European regulatory framework does not at present satisfy the criteria of legal certainty, non-discrimination, and scientific adaptability. Two ways of reforming the present legislation toward greater accommodation of the values expressed through the proposed criteria are briefly introduced and discussed.

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SPRINGER , 2017. Vol. 30, no 3, p. 325-347
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GM crops, Genetic engineering, EU Release directive, Legislative techniques, Legal principles, Sustainability
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-213818DOI: 10.1007/s10806-017-9664-9ISI: 000407596200001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85025117583OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-213818DiVA, id: diva2:1140235
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Available from: 2017-09-11 Created: 2017-09-11 Last updated: 2017-09-12Bibliographically approved

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