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ERIC Number: EJ764893
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 58
ISSN: ISSN-0270-4676
Coexistence or Conflict? A European Perspective on GMOs and the Problem of Liability
Rodgers, Christopher P.
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, v27 n3 p233-250 2007
In March 2004, the U.K. government announced its intention to grant limited authorization for the growing of commercial genetically modified (GM) crops. This article reviews the potential liabilities that may arise from GM cropping, for environmental damage and for economic losses claimed by non-GM producers. It considers the application of the European Community (EC) Environmental Liability Directive of 2004 to genetically modified organisms (GMO) releases, and the proposed statutory scheme for the coexistence of GM and non-GM agriculture in England and Wales. It also examines the application of the common law of nuisance to the release of GMOs and considers the relevant case law of the English courts. Although there will be a residual role for liability at common law following the establishment of a statutory coexistence scheme, the article highlights a number of formidable problems facing attempts to establish claims for liability arising from GMO releases at common law. (Contains 14 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Wales)