The precautionary principle : making managerial decisions on GMOs is difficult

Show simple item record Jansen van Rijssen, Fredrika W. Eloff, Jacobus Nicolaas Morris, Elizabeth J. 2015-06-23T11:34:35Z 2015-06-23T11:34:35Z 2015-03
dc.description.abstract The precautionary approach of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, if incorporated into legislation of countries as a precautionary principle (PP), could cause great difficulty in decision‑making on genetically modified organisms. No consensus seems to be possible on the interpretation of the PP, as responsibility often is passed on to political decision‑making and, eventually, to court rulings. A case study on the assessment of possible unintended effects of endogenous allergens illustrates the complexity decision‑makers may experience. We review the descriptions of the PP and the debate on the interpretation and conclusions that a number of authors have come to, as a step closer to a solution in decision‑making. South Africa may have to consider the PP in the broader context of its food security needs, which would require improved communication as an additional step in the process of risk analysis. en_ZA
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dc.description.sponsorship A grant from the National Research Fund. en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Jansen van Rijssen FW, Morris EJ, Eloff JN. The precautionary principle: Making managerial decisions on GMOs is difficult. South African Journal of Science. 2015;111(3/4), Art. #2013‑0255, 9 pages. 10.17159/sajs.2015/20130255 en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0038-2353 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1996-7489 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.17159/sajs.2015/20130255
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher AOSIS OpenJournals en_ZA
dc.rights © 2015. The Author(s). Published under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence. en_ZA
dc.subject Risk assessment en_ZA
dc.subject Endogenous allergens en_ZA
dc.subject South Africa en_ZA
dc.subject Precautionary principle (PP) en_ZA
dc.subject Genetically modified organisms en_ZA
dc.subject GMOs en_ZA
dc.title The precautionary principle : making managerial decisions on GMOs is difficult en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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