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HolyRisk - Scientific Uncertainty & Food Risk Regulation

The HolyRisk Project (2009-2014) is a multidisciplinary research project (social sciences and computer sciences). It is a comparative (USA/EU) and empirical study that investigates how food safety policies are influenced by the scientific uncertainty embedded in the risk assessment reports.

A key component of the project is the construction of the HolyRisk database that holds information about various types of relevant documents, including Risk Assessments, Risk Managements and Impact Assessment.

The undiscovered country from whose bourn
No traveler returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make cowards of us all,
And thus the native hue of resolution
Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,
And enterprise of great pitch and moment
With this regard their currents turn awry
And lose the name of action.
Shakespeare, Hamlet


Sandrine Blanchemanche, INRA Paris
Ákos Róna-Tas, University of California, San Diego

Data management

Lydie Soler, INRA Paris