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ERIC Number: EJ764894
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-0270-4676
Genetically Modified Crops and Nuisance: Exploring the Role of Precaution in Private Law
Craik, Neil; Culver, Keith; Siebrasse, Norman
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, v27 n3 p202-214 2007
This article critically considers calls for the precautionary principle to inform judicial decision making in a private law context in light of the Hoffman litigation, where it is alleged that the potential for genetic contamination from genetically modified (GM) crops causes an unreasonable interference with the rights of organic farmers to use and enjoy their lands, giving rise to an actionable nuisance. Applying the precautionary principle in this context would likely privilege non-GM land uses over GM uses, given the latter's uncertain environmental impacts. Through a comparison of the institutional characteristics and respective roles of public and private regulation, the authors argue that the private law context, which lacks democratic accountability and has a limited ability to address complex scientific issues, is poorly suited to apply the diffuse, policy-based risk allocation considerations raised by the precautionary principle. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada