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SILVEIRA, Cristiane Amaro da  and  ALMEIDA, Jalcione. Biosafety and democracy: among a dialogistic space and new fundamentalisms. Soc. estado. [online]. 2005, vol.20, n.1, pp.73-102. ISSN 0102-6992.

The problematic involving the biotechnologies and the biosafety politics comes to a contested way. Observing one side, there are indications of an accomplished fact: the soybean genetically modified disperses every year, paying little attention to the "congestionamento" of the subject in the legitimated instances. In the other, the evolution of the discussions concerning the theme, considering that, before reaching a balance point, the desirable democratic consensus, oscillates among extreme postures. But this situation of "pros" and "cons" the OGMs doesn't represent the complexity of the controversy. This article intends that the reality will be interpreted face a transformation' process of the societies, as well of the own democracy, when the changes start from inside, corroding the "modus operandi" of the modern State, waking up in the individuals and their organizations the need of an institutional renewal. But, after all, what causes these changes and in wich way it can be considerated a signal that an alteration of the existent democratic systems are requested? How the biotechnological innovations and the biosafety politics interfere in this new context of social solidarity? And, particularly, in the Brazilian case, what are the limits and possibilities that those disputes involving the modified seeds and the biotechnologies in general set for this new model proposed? Concluding in fact, that the current controversy around the biotechnology in Brazil has been crystallizing fundamentalists forms of politic action, provocating "congestionamentos" and increased inequality of powers and material conditions in the society.

Keywords : new biotechnologies; space public; biosafety politics; conflicts of interest.

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