A framework for the ethical analysis of novel foods: The ethical matrix

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Abstract

The paper addresses the issue of how indemocratic societies a procedure
might be formulatedto facilitate ethical judgements on modernbiotechnologies
used in food production. A frameworkfor rational ethical analysis,
the Ethical Matrix, isproposed. The Matrix adapts the principles
describedby Beauchamp and Childress for application to medicalissues,
to interest groups (e.g., producers,consumers, and the biotic environment)
affected bythese technologies. The use of the Matrix isillustrated
by applying it to an example of a ``novelfood,'' viz., a form of
genetically modified maize.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Ethical principles
  • Genetically engineered maize
  • Novel foods
  • Rawls

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  • Ben Mepham

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