Abstract

In the past fifty years there has been an incredible amount of change made to the agrarian system of the United States. New discoveries in the realm of biotechnology led to the adoption of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture, and transformed the industry. Due to regulatory policies set during the nineteen-eighties this technology was able to benefit from widespread commercialization.

Today, we see the effects of this approach and are entering into a highly volatile political climate in regard to GMOs. This paper aims to provide an analysis of the regulatory system in place and the discrepancies that exist in US policy. The factors evaluated through this thesis include the current US regulatory approach, advancements in biotechnology, and a comparative perspective on US and EU systems. In each of these reviews it is also relevant to mention consumer opinion on GMOs and the role of interest groups. It is important for every American consumer to understand the politics and technology behind their meals. Through the analysis of recent judicial decisions and the enactment of new laws this thesis explains how the use of GMOs in agriculture is causing an unprecedented change to the political structures in place.

Thesis Completion

2016

Semester

Spring

Thesis Chair

Sadri, Houman A.

Degree

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

College

College of Sciences

Department

Political Science

Degree Program

Political Science

Location

Orlando (Main) Campus

Language

English

Access Status

Open Access

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