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Conflict over risks in food production: a challenge for democracy

By K. K. Jensen

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When it comes to conflict over risk management priorities in food production, a number of observers, including myself, have called for some sort of public deliberation as a means of resolving the moral disagreements underlying such conflicts. This paper asks how, precisely, such deliberation might be facilitated. It is shown that representative democracy and the liberal regulation that most Western democracies adhere to place important constraints on public deliberation. The challenge is to find forums for public deliberation that can operate within these constraints while still making a constructive contribution.

Date 2006
Publication Title Journal of Agricultural & Environmental Ethics
Volume 19
Issue 3
Pages 269-283
ISBN/ISSN 1187-7863
DOI 10.1007/s10806-005-6167-x
Language English
Author Address Danish Centre for Bioethics and Risk Assessment, Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Rolighedhedsvej 25, DK-1958, Frederiksberg C., Denmark.
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  1. Communication
  2. Conflict
  3. Constraints
  4. Contamination
  5. Democracy
  6. Food production
  7. Food safety
  8. Genetically engineered organisms
  9. Genetically engineered plants
  10. Genetically modified organisms
  11. Genetic engineering
  12. peer-reviewed
  13. Plants
  14. Public opinion
  15. risk
  16. Risk Management
  17. safety
  18. Social psychology and social anthropology
  19. social values
  20. transgenics
  1. peer-reviewed