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A framework for the ethical analysis of novel foods: the ethical matrix

By B. Mepham

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The paper addresses the issue of how in democratic societies a procedure might be formulated to facilitate ethical judgements on modern biotechnologies used in food production. A framework for rational ethical analysis, the Ethical Matrix, is proposed. The Matrix adapts the principles described by Beauchamp and Childress for application to medical issues, to interest groups (e.g., producers, consumers, and the biotic environment) affected by these technologies. The use of the Matrix is illustrated by applying it to an example of a novel food, a form of genetically modified maize.

Date 2000
Publication Title Journal of Agricultural & Environmental Ethics
Volume 12
Issue 2
Pages 165-176
ISBN/ISSN 0893-4282
DOI 10.1023/A:1009542714497
Language English
Author Address Centre for Applied Bioethics, University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus, Loughborough, Leics LE12 5RD, UK.
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  1. Analysis
  2. Case Report
  3. Corn
  4. Ethics
  5. Food distribution and marketing
  6. Food economics
  7. Genetic engineering
  8. Genetic manipulation
  9. Grasses
  10. Laws and regulations
  11. Maize
  12. Marketing
  13. Methodologies
  14. Methods
  15. peer-reviewed
  16. Plants
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