10 N.Y.U. Envtl. L.J. 297 (2001-2002)
The Illusion of Care: Regulation, Uncertainty, and Genetically Modified Food Crops

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THE ILLUSION OF CARE: REGULATION,
UNCERTAINTY, AND GENETICALLY
MODIFIED FOOD CROPS
REBECCA BRATSPIES*
With all that technology has to offer, it is nothing if it's not
accepted. This boils down to a matter of trust. Trust in the science
behind the process, but particularly trust in the regulatory process
that ensures thorough review- including complete and open
public involvement.'
One person's unacceptable consequence is another's regrettable
necessityz.
INTRODUCTION
Genetically modified food crops (g or transgenic crops)
have been the focus of vitriolic debate.3 To the participants, the
stakes in this debate are exceedingly high. Where some see this
technology as a cure-all, others see only disaster in the making.4
* Associate Professor of Law, University of Idaho College of Law. I wish to
thank Juliana Reno and Judith Wise for their invaluable thoughts and advice, as
well as my colleagues Dale Goble, Mark Anderson, Laurie O'Neal, Maura
Flood, Bradley Shannon and Craig Lewis for reading drafts of this article, and all
the participants of the Idaho College of Law Faculty Forum for helpful feedback.
I would also like to thank the University of Idaho for financial support, Ruth
Funabiki for invaluable library support, and B. Allen Schulz for unfailing
patience in the face of my monomania.
1 Dan Glickman, Remarks of the United States Secretary of Agriculture to
the National Press Club (July 13, 1999), at http://www.usda.gov/news/
releasesI1999107/0285.
2 Christopher D. Stone, Is There a Precautionary Principle?, 31 ENVTL. L.
REP. 10790, 10799 (2001).
3 The debate rages on many fronts, including environmental safety, food
safety and consumer choice. This article focuses solely on questions of
environmental safety.
4 See, e.g., Turning Point Project, Genetic Engineering Series, Ad #5:
Biotechnology=Hunger, at http://www.tumpoint.org/biotechad5.pdf (last visited
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