Genetically Modified Organisms and the Unbearable Irresolution of Testing

  • Steven Yearley


The early 1990s appeared to offer a key turning point in the development of environmentalism. Endorsed by the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992, the concept of sustainable development seemed set to transform activism around environmental issues from an outsider’s critique of advanced-industrial society to a central component of the officially sanctioned solution. Environmentalists could come in from the cold because all development now had to be sustainable; this meant that everyone -governments, industry, international bodies and NGOs - should be pulling together for the same objectives. Governing parties the world over were authoring documents charting their paths towards sustainable development. In principle at least, environmentalists were indispensable to plans for a sustainable society and were to be offered a key role in the reform and re-development of core socio-economic activities.


Genetically Modify Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy Precautionary Principle Genetically Modify Crop Genetically Modify Food 
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© Steven Yearley 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven Yearley
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  1. 1.University of YorkUK

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