Published 1996 by NABC.

A major attraction of biotechnology for investors has been the allure of new market opportunities and the prospect of revolutionary medical, food, and other products that will change our lives. However, biotechnology’s critics have long expressed concern that the unpredictability of the effects of such changes are reasons for prudence and caution. In spite of some false starts, unrealistic expectations, and unfulfilled promises, recombinant DNA biotechnology is now maturing as an important discipline that will underpin much of our biological research and development during the next century. Surprising to some is the important role of agricultural biotechnology to not only the food and feed industry, but also to the chemical, pharmaceutical, environmental, and energy industries, as new products are emerging in these marketplaces.

Speakers and participants at this meeting debated the social, ethical, economic, research, development, and commercialization issues and opportunities that the new products of biotechnology pose for consumers, farmers, industry, public interest groups, government, and universities.

Recent Submissions

  • Crop biotechnology in the service of medical and veterinary science 

    Arntzen, Charles J. (NABC, 1996)
    Various research laboratories have experimented with the use of plants for “biomanufacturing” of specialty products. These approaches utilize transgenic plants created to accumulate high value proteins/enzymes of potential ...
  • Protein production in transgenic animals 

    Cooper, Julian (NABC, 1996)
    Future farms will produce food more efficiently, perhaps in environments where originally it was considered too difficult. In addition, farms will produce many different raw materials for industrial processes, a variety ...
  • Constructing food for shareholder value 

    Kneen, Brewster (NABC, 1996)
    The application of biotechnology to agriculture is not about feeding the hungry of the world, nor is it about feeding the growing appetites of the growing global middle class. It is about making more money for corporations ...
  • Sludge, States rights and success 

    Evans, Ken (NABC, 1996)
    Enormous changes face the agricultural sector over the next few decades with regulatory and social changes affecting agricultural biotechnology in the environmental and energy sector. Where are we, where are going and how ...
  • Phytoremediation 

    Ensley, Burt (NABC, 1996)
    Phytoremediation is the exploitation of specific plants to clean up the environment. Plants are used to treat or remove environmental contaminants from soil and other solids like dredge spoils, water, other liquids, and air.
  • The public and agricultural biotechnology: key questions 

    MacGillis, Miriam Therese (NABC, 1996)
    Biotechnology is a commitment to myth. By refusing to acknowledge the superstition implied in our blind adherence to our vision of a world of bliss, we move deeper into a chaos from which life itself may be unable to recover.
  • Agricultural biotechnology: a farmer’s perspective 

    Garr, Mary Lou (NABC, 1996)
    From the perspective of farmers, having unified positions on agricultural biotechnology issues is absolutely critical. but the rate of scientific discovery in the field of agricultural biotechnology is advancing far more ...
  • Innovation, industrial development and the regulation of biotechnology 

    Kraus, Martine (NABC, 1996)
    The U.S. plant biotechnology industry has been positively affected by strong domestic regulation. However, European regulation has had a negative effect since companies hesitate to develop export crops for a market with ...
  • The environmental and energy sector and agricultural biotechnology 

    Gain, Jeff (NABC, 1996)
    There is a need to develop product opportunities for agriculture, including biobased replacement for petroleum products.
  • Biotechnology: Catalyst for Change in Agriculture 

    Barton, Kenneth A. (NABC, 1996)
    Biotechnology represents a powerful new tool for plant and animal breeding, and the development of new products and new uses for agriculture. Rapid product development condenses and necessitates changes in industry practice ...

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