Biotechnology and social issues in rural agricultural communities: Identifying the issues
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Gertler, Michael E.
Biotechnology researchers are working in the university-industrial complex and seek public support for an agenda driven by cold cash and corporate competition. Expensive and ethically challenged research and development efforts are sold to the public via appeals to environmental protection and alleviation of famine. After decades promoting specialization, extension departments have focused on diversification. Many of the heralded ideas of conventional agriculture are now seen as ill-advised. In turn, the claims surrounding agricultural biotechnology will also be modified as we discover limitations, costs, and alternatives. The problem this time, however, may mean that their impacts can be threatening to the planet as well as damaging to local ecologies, economies, and communities
Agricultural biotechnology; environment; sustainable agriculture; drought tolerance; heat tolerance; pesticides; international agriculture; feeding the world; property rights; public funding of research;
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