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This revised edition updates Thompson’s trail-blazing study of ethical and philosophical issues raised by biotechnology. The 1997 book was the first by a philosopher to address food and agricultural biotechnology, discussing ethical issues associated with risk assessment, labelling, animal transformation, patents, and impact on traditional farming communities. The new edition addresses the debates of the intervening decade, including cloning, the Precautionary Principle, and the biotechnology debate between the United States and Europe.
Introduction; 1: Ethical Perspectives on Food Biotechnology ; 2: The Presumptive Case for Food Biotechnology; 3: Biotechnology policy and the Problem of Unintended
Consequences; 4: Food Safety and the Ethics of Consent; 5: Animal Health and Welfare; 6: Ethical Issues in Livesk Cloning; 7: Ethics and Environmental Impact; 8: Social Consequences; 9: Conceptions of Property and the Biotechnology Debate; 10: Religious and Metaphysical Opposition to Biotechnology; 11: Communication, Education and the Problem of Trust; Bibliography.