Why Genetically Engineered Food Is Key to European Sustainability

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Gilbert Scott Building - Room 132 (University of Glasgow)
Thomas Jefferson Menn , Social Sciences, United States Military Academy at West Point
Leena Scaria , None
The debate over genetically engineered (GE) products encompasses many emotions, fears, and personal beliefs over the use of biotechnology in food production. The complexity of the biotechnology, combined with the high political and economic stakes associated with the agriculture industry, has resulted in a polarized response to genetic engineering. Opponents of GE believe there are health and safety risks that regulators are overlooking. Proponents of GE technology believe it is safe and helps provide a sustainable food source for a rapidly growing global population.  

In this paper I seek to answer the following question: What is good public policy regarding the adoption of GE crops in Europe? This question pertains to every European, whether they are aware of it or not. After examining several case studies and applicable regulations, the paper argues for Europe to adopt a more open stance toward GE products as a matter of sustainability and economic benefit.

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