DOI: 10.4337/9781800374676.00040">

International regulation of genetically engineered food

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Food security and climate change are interrelated problems. The global population is growing; we need to feed more people and lessen our impact on the climate. One partial solution to this issue is using the science of genetically engineered crops to grow more nutritious food sustainably. Public sentiment against genetically engineered food, colloquially known as GMOs, demonstrates a misperception of risk. The science of genetically engineered food in the marketplace establishes its safety. Another major hurdle for utilizing science to address food security and climate change is a patchwork of international regulations governing genetically engineered food, decreasing widespread application and acceptance. This chapter reflects on the interaction of science and regulation relating to genetically engineered food and discusses the consequences of the regulation of genetically engineered food on malnutrition and climate change. Supporting science is critical to combat other enormous issues we face as a human race worldwide.

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