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The Fight Against Hunger and MalnutritionThe Role of Food, Agriculture, and Targeted Policies$
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David E. Sahn

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198733201

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198733201.001.0001

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Global and Local Food Systems in the GM Labeling Campaign

Global and Local Food Systems in the GM Labeling Campaign

(p.263) 11 Global and Local Food Systems in the GM Labeling Campaign
The Fight Against Hunger and Malnutrition

Tina Andersen Huey

Oxford University Press

Communications research can be useful for understanding what kind of information is received by social movements, how the information is framed, and how it is acted upon in a policy context. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) offer an interesting case study of political uses of information. Use of transgenic technology in food production is portrayed by science-driven development organizations as beneficial, and as undesirable by social movements that share a tangential, if not central, concern with poverty and hunger. In July 2013, Connecticut became the first US state to pass a bill requiring labels on any product containing GMOs. This chapter describes the Connecticut labeling campaign’s stakeholders, identifies accountability and fairness as the dominant frames, particularly as they relate to Monsanto, and proposes the inclusion of anti-GMO movements as potential partners in the fight to end hunger.

Keywords:   genetically modified food, labeling, social movements, Connecticut, framing, communication, Monsanto

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