Mandatory labelling of genetically modified (GM) foods

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Abstract

This article seeks to determine whether a mandatory labelling system of genetically modified (GM) food is justified or misconceived and therefore whether legal transformations are necessary. Although numerous benefits have been attributed to GM foods, they pose serious hazards to humans, animals, plants, and the environment. Much of the argument made in favour of GM foods and against their mandatory labelling proves to be economically oriented and fails to engage objectively with the threatened hazards from such foods. The article illustrates our argument with reference to Malaysia, the European Union, the United States, and Canada.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2013

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Keywords

  • Biosafety
  • GM foods
  • Mandatory labelling
  • Precautionary principle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Law
  • Economics and Econometrics

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