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Participation In Italy: The Public And Genetically Modified Crops

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EU policy makers assert the necessity and value of implementing forms of governance that include the broader public in making decisions related to controversial technologies. In the context of food biotechnologies, a European Union Directive requires all Member States to consult public before genetically modified crops are cultivated in open for experimental purposes. This chapter illustrates some of the features and philosophical assumptions of inclusive forms of assessing new technologies. The Italian case suggests adopting a perspective built on the notion of public participation in conjunction with current processes of representative democracies. It considers the Italian situation. It then looks closely at key texts in the record of public engagement with food biotechnologies in Italy. The chapter answers the following questions: How has public participation taken form in Italy in context of food biotechnologies? What has been the impact of public participation in Italy on current regulation of GM farming?.

Keywords: food biotechnologies; genetically modified crops; GM farming; Italy; public participation



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