STP1051: Public Perception of Biotechnology: Green Revolution or Green Monster?

    Goldburg, RJ
    Scientists, Environmental Defense Fund, New York, NY

    Denison, RA
    Scientists, Environmental Defense Fund, New York, NY

    Pages: 13    Published: Jan 1990


    Abstract

    The public's perception of risk from biotechnology is colored by several factors: experience with the unforeseen consequences of other technologies, the perceived benefits of biotechnology, and the degree of confidence placed in society's ability to mitigate risks. Through analogies to debates over hazardous waste disposal, the authors discuss how public participation in oversight, public access to information, and industry acceptance of regulation can foster public acceptance of biotechnology.

    Keywords:

    bioprocessing, biotechnology, hazardous waste, public perception, “not-in-my-back-yard” (NIMBY) syndrome, environmental mediation


    Paper ID: STP26074S

    Committee/Subcommittee: E48.01

    DOI: 10.1520/STP26074S


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