Lookup NU author(s): Sarah Lieberman,
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The subject of genetically modified (GM) products has raised considerable controversy in recent years, especially in developed countries, where it has led to tension over regulatory differences between the United States (US) and the European Union (EU). One aspect of this tension is its impact on developing countries, especially in Africa. The aim of this article is to explore this impact, paying particular attention to GM food aid policy and GM crop growing promotion. We use the theoretical framework of the precautionary principle (PP) to evaluate the issues involved. Our conclusion is that the EU's strong interpretation of the PP in relation to GMOs ('potential difference') currently prevails over the US's weak interpretation of the PP in relation to GMOs ('substantial equivalence') in developing countries, but that this could change as a result of non-GM crop failure and improved performance of GM crops. © Journal compilation © 2008 Political Studies Association and Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Author(s): Lieberman S, Gray T
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: British Journal of Politics and International Relations
ISSN (print): 1369-1481
ISSN (electronic): 1467-856X
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