STS Speaker. Labeling rules for genetically modified (GM) food in India: Power and Pressure within the Federal Government
Aniket Aga, U-M School for Environment & Sustainability
The issue of labeling of genetically modified (GM) food provokes strong reactions from opponents and advocates. At issue are political questions involving the cost burden of labeling and consumers' rights and freedoms, along with legal-technical issues of thresholds of presence and enforcement infrastructure. In this talk, I describe an attempt by the Government of India to introduce rules, in the early 2000s, requiring labeling of GM food that were ultimately abandoned. By tracing the way the rules were framed, contested, and aborted, I examine how power is mediated and modulated by bureaucratic routines and conventions.
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