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Can RRI help to overcome ethical issues in new and emerging (bio)technologies?

Posted by Markus Schmidt, Biofaction KG on 10 Oct 2016

Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is an attempt to reconcile economic interests with the need to become a more sustainable society and the imperative to protect people from avoidable hardships (through jobs, medical support, etc.). Providing solutions to ethical challenges is thus high on the agenda of RRI.

The first step to solve a problem is to acknowledge that it actually exists, rather than to ignore it or talk it away. In a second step the problem needs to be characterised, and increasingly, described by a number of different points of view, currently done through various so-called participative processes that include not only scientists or businessmen but also e.g. consumers, farmers, or other related stakeholders. In an ideal world, the third and last step has all these different views considered when trying to find a solution that is OK for most or everybody.


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