Genetically Modified Organisms in Agriculture

Genetically Modified Organisms in Agriculture, 1st Edition

Economics and Politics

Genetically Modified Organisms in Agriculture, 1st Edition,Gerald Nelson,ISBN9780125154222


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Key Features

* Additional detailed footnotes and references for the academic
* International contributions from the US, Europe and India
* Covers the perspectives of different groups involved in the controversies: governments, environmental agencies, consumers, industrial agencies and the developing world


Genetically modified crops have become a topic of great interest among scientists, regulators, consumers, farmers, and politicians. Despite their potential benefits, public hostility toward these crops is causing dramatic changes to import/export policies, food safety regulations, and agricultural practices around the world. Genetically Modified Organisms in Agriculture provides a comprehensive overview of the subject and a balanced look at the costs and benefits of GMO products.

Part I reviews the scientific, economic, and political issues relating to the use of agricultural GMOs. Chapters cover specific applications, regulatory concerns, import/export patterns, international trade issues, and a discussion of future trends. Part II offers a unique look at all sides of the GMO controversies, with short chapters contributed by leading individuals with widely different perspectives. Part III presents a more in-depth look at selected issues plus helpful reference materials.

This book makes the latest information on GMOs accessible to all interested parties, including students, laypeople, scientists, activists, and professionals working in related fields.


Agricultural, food, and environmental scientists
in academia and industry, economists, environmental and food/safety activists, government regulatory and trade officials, farmers, and students and faculty in agricultural, environmental, and public health studies.

Gerald Nelson

Gerald C. Nelson served as the principal investigator for the report on GMOs to the American Farm Bureau in 1999 and on the biotechnology expert panel for the Institute of Food Technologists in 2000.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana, U.S.A.

Genetically Modified Organisms in Agriculture, 1st Edition

Foreword, L. Neal & L. Hill

Introduction, G. C. Nelson


Trials and Techniques of GMOs, G. C. Nelson

The Economics of Technology Adoption, G. C. Nelson & D. Bullock

GMO Adoption and Private Cost Savings: GR Soybeans and Bt Corn, D. Bullock & E. Nitsi

Simulation of World Market Effects: The 2010 World Market with and without Bt Corn and GR Soybeans, Mark Rosegrant

Cotton GMO Adoption and Private Profitability, J. B. Falck-Zepeda, G. Traxler, & R. G. Nelson

GMO Adoption and Nonmarket Effects, G. C. Nelson & A. De Pinto

The Stakeholders and the Struggle for Public Opinion, Regulatory Control and Market Development, J. Babinard & T. Josling

The Domestic and Regional Regulatory Environment, T. Josling & G. C. Nelson

International Institutions, World Trade Rules, and GMOs, T. Josling

Market Responses to Consumer Demand and Regulatory Change, L. Unnevehr, L. Hill, & C. Cunningham

Looking to the Future, T. Josling & G. C. Nelson

PART II: Perspectives on the Controversies

Farm Perspectives

Biotechnology Crops--A Producer's Perspective, M. Jenner

Genetically Modified Crops and the American Agricultural Producer, G. Goldberg

Government Perspectives

Toward Common Ground: Roles of Markets and Policy, N. Ballenger & M. Bohman

The Economics of Agricultural Biotechnology: Differences and Similarities in the US and the EU, T. Haniotis

Developing Country Perspectives

Modern Agricultural Biotechnology and Developing Country Food Security, P. Pinstrup-Anderson & M. J. Cohen

GMOs: A Miracle?, V. Shiva

Environmental Perspectives

GMOs in Agriculture: An Environmental Perspective, R. Caplan

Genetically Modified Organisms Can Help Save the Planet, D. Avery

Consumer Issues - Food Safety/Labeling

Genetic Engineering: A Technology Ahead of the Science and Public Policy?, D. Kucinich

Food Industry Perspective on Safety and Labeling of Biotechnology, G. Grabowski

GMO Regulations: Food Safety or Trade Barrier?, M. Kane

Genetically Engineered Food: Make Sure It's Safe and Label It, M. Hansen

Life Sciences Industry

Ag Biotech: Our Past and Our Future, R. Krueger

PART III: Special Topics

A Short History of Agricultural Biotechnology, J. Babinard

Plant Genetic Modification Technologies, J. Widholm

Bt Corn and the Monarch Butterfly: Research Update, R. Hellmich & B. Siegfried

Annex V: The Beef Hormone Dispute Between the United States and the EU, T. Josling & D. Roberts

Agricultural Biotech Glossary

GMO Field Trials in Europe

Quotes and reviews

"...an important bibliographical support for both specialists and researchers, providing information and equally concrete and sound analyses on the economic, social and ambiental characteristics and effects related to the new directions of agriculture’s and alimentation’s evolution." (Cellulose Chemistry and Technology, May 2004)

"This publication is the best overall and up to date summary of this important subject I have seen. ...The authors, editor and the 30 contributors (all but four from the US) are to be congratulated on an excellent production which should help all sides of the current discussion."
-Nigel Steele Scott, Deputy Chief, CSIRO Plant Industry for FOOD AUSTRALIA (2002)

"There is something to interest scientists, economists and the well-informed lay-person in the book."
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