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Science and the consequences of mistruct: lessons from recent GM controversies. (Special issue: Ethics as a dimension of agrifood policy: selected papers from the 4th Congress of the European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics)

By D. Scott

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In 2001, it was announced that transgenic DNA had introgressed into traditional strains of maize in Mexico. A controversy 'erupted and raged' throughout 2001 and 2002. This episode represents an acute breakdown in scientific discourse. The following inquiry looks into the causes of this breakdown. It is argued that the underlying problem is the current institutional structure of science, particularly in the US. If the diagnosis is correct, then the proper course of treatment is to pursue a programme of institutional reconstruction.

Date 2003
Publication Title Journal of Agricultural & Environmental Ethics
Volume 16
Issue 6
Pages 569-582
ISBN/ISSN 1187-7863
DOI 10.1023/B:JAGE.0000004963.59665.3d
Language English
Author Address Department of Philosophy, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, North Carolina, USA. nscott@wcu.edu
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  1. Agriculture
  2. Biotechnology
  3. Constraints
  4. Corn
  5. Crops
  6. Developed countries
  7. DNA
  8. Field crops
  9. Genetically engineered organisms
  10. Genetically engineered plants
  11. Genetically modified organisms
  12. Genetically modified plants
  13. Genetic engineering
  14. Genetic manipulation
  15. Grasses
  16. Latin America
  17. Maize
  18. Mexico
  19. North America
  20. OECD countries
  21. peer-reviewed
  22. Plants
  23. Threshold Countries
  24. transgenics
  25. United States of America
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