Challenges and Risks of Genetically Engineered Organisms

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This book discusses the often diverging risks and opportunities associated with genetically engineered organisms in terms of the environment, food safety, and economics and trade. These issues were raised at the OECD Workshop on Challenges and Risks of GMOs - What Risk Analysis is Appropriate? Options for Future Policy Making Towards Integrated Agro-Food Systems, held in Maastricht, Netherlands, in July 2003.  Discussions also covered the relevant WTO Agreements and their relationship with other multilateral accords as well as  regional and national approaches.



Challenges for the Media

Disseminating Information by Avoiding Hysteria

The media faces numerous challenges in attempting to inform the public about real hazards and dangers in this world without causing mass hysteria. These challenges include the audience that is targeted, selection of appropriate language, and finding a balance between points of view. Other challenges that face the media include identifying the stories that genuinely require attention and recognising those based on hype or false claims. Reporters are under a number of pressures from the media itself and this can lead to conflicts between the hysteria driving viewpoint and the more objective position. We must all be aware that bad news sells, ...


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