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Meat Atlas: Labelling according to animal welfare criteria is possible

4th “Meat Atlas” published For the fourth time, the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation and , in cooperation with Le Monde diplomatique, have published a “Meat Atlas”. Anyone who has already dealt with the subject knows that our meat consumption is too high. The report underpins this with impressive facts and figures and also […]

Society's ways of dealing with risks using the example of acrylamide in foodstuffs | © Dr. Sabine Bonneck

Society’s ways of dealing with risks

In 1994 Acrylamide was assessed as “probably carcinogenic” by IARC. When in 2002 the substance was found in foodstuffs, plenty ressources were spent to learn more about risk and mitigation measures. More than ten years later there are hardly any new findings related to the risk. It is possible to reduce the acrylamide contents in many products, but there is no evidence for a reduction. Risk governance took place hidden from the public gaze. Consumers were not involved and international guidelines on risk governance were waived. A risk council could have ensured a more systematic approach.

Scientific policy advice in the field of tension between politics, business and the public

The President-designate of the United States does not believe in climate change. “Postfactual” has been named International Word of the Year. The subject of the 6th Stakeholder Conference of the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), to which the risk assessors had invited to the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and […]