Description of Ethical Bio-Technology Assessment Tools for Agriculture and Food Production. Interim Report Ethical Bio-TA Tools

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    Abstract

    The objective of 'Ethical Bio-TA Tools' project is to develop and improve tools for the ethical assessment of new technologies in agriculture and food production in general and modern biotechnologies in particular. The developed tools need to be designed for various purposes and contexts. They should facilitate ethical (bio)technology assessment by 1) governmental and non-governmental regulators; 2) citizens/consumers and their organisations; and 3) economic actors in the food chain. All these actors need to address the ethical aspects of the introduction and application of new (bio)technologies in agriculture and food production. Their need for ethical advice, however, diverges with their respective roles and responsibilities. The project addresses the various needs of the different actors by combining ethical (bio)technology assessment tools with the most pressing needs for ethical advice in agriculture and food production. The project thus identifies three sub-objectives in the development of ethical (bio)technology assessment tools. The developed tools should facilitate 1) ethical decision-making by governmental regulators; 2) ethical opinionformation by the general public; and 3) ethical decision-making by economic actors in the food chain. The project has selected three tools that are deemed useful for addressing the aforementioned various needs. The tools that the project shall consider and study with regard to the three sub-objectives are 1) ethical decision-making frameworks; 2) consensus conferences; and 3) benchmarking. These tools have been selected for further development in the three substantial work packages that constitute the main body of the project
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationDen Haag
    PublisherLandbouw-Economisch Instituut
    Number of pages70
    Publication statusPublished - 2004

    Publication series

    NameLEI rapport
    PublisherLandbouw Economisch Instituut

    Keywords

    • ethics
    • bioethics
    • biotechnology
    • technology assessment

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