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Recombinant Bodies that Matter: Tracing a Network of Associations of Genetically Modified Food in Japan

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Title: Recombinant Bodies that Matter: Tracing a Network of Associations of Genetically Modified Food in Japan
Authors: Akatsuka, Neal
Instructor: Yano, Christine
Issue Date: 06 Mar 2010
Publisher: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract: Since 1996 when genetically modified1 (GM) food and feed were first imported into Japan from the United States, Japanese consumers have grown increasingly wary of the place of such food in their diets. Consumer surveys conducted in 1997, 1998, and 1999 show that “70 to 80 per cent of Japanese consumers typically express an unwillingness to eat GM foods" (Nishizawa 2003, 11). By 1999 this negative sentiment had become so ubiquitous that the Japanese government, in response to pressure by consumer and activist organizations, passed legislation to regulate GM food and implement mandatory labeling (effective as of 2001). The impact of prevalent consumer resistance and rejection of GM food also had resounding consequences for such actors as food producers (e.g. Kirin Breweries suspended plans to use GM tomatoes), farmers (while not technically prohibited, there are substantial legal and community pressures to not grow GM crops), and overseas producers (e.g. the US National Corn Growers Association [NCGA] has officially stated that they will only support commercial GM corn events that have received full approval by US and Japanese regulatory agencies).
Pages/Duration: 91 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/29594
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