Jeremy Rifkin: An Examination of the Efforts of an Anti-Biotechnology Activist

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Jeremy Rifkin: An Examination of the Efforts of an Anti-Biotechnology Activist

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Title: Jeremy Rifkin: An Examination of the Efforts of an Anti-Biotechnology Activist
Author: Naik, Paul S.
Citation: Jeremy Rifkin: An Examination of the Efforts of an Anti-Biotechnology Activist (1999 Third Year Paper)
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Abstract: This paper attempts retrospectively to examine the impact of the efforts of Jeremy Rifkin on the rules and regulation, and ultimately the mission, of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pertaining to biotechnology. Rifkin arguably single-handedly raised the consciousness of the American public, and indeed the world, to the potential risks of the technology, at least as he saw them. In this way, he positioned himself as a biotechnology gadfly who became the bane of the biotechnology industry and federal agencies regulating biotechnology. It seems fitting, therefore, to study the impact of anti-biotechnology activism on federal regulation of biotechnology by focusing on Rifkin’s efforts. In the course of examining Rifkin’s activities that were targeted specifically at the FDA, this paper also discusses his efforts aimed at curbing recombinant DNA research regulated by the National Institutes of Health and genetic engineering activities that fell under the jurisdiction of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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