Public Policy Center, University of Nebraska



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Published by the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center, 1-16, (2005)


On Saturday, August 20, 2005, 48 residents of Lancaster County gathered at Gere Branch Library in Lincoln to participate in a “Citizen Deliberation on Genetically Modified Food.” A citizen deliberation is a technique used to promote informed and thoughtful public discussion on public affairs or policy issues and a means for gauging considered (as opposed to off-the-cuff) public opinions. The purpose of the discussion was to gauge informed public opinion on genetically modified food products and whether they should be labeled. The event was co-sponsored by the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center ( and a local community leadership development organization, Leadership Lincoln (

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