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Global Challenges and Directions for Agricultural Biotechnology: Workshop Report
Workshop Report 2008
Steering Committee on Global Challenges and Directions for Agricultural Biotechnology: Mapping the Course; Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources ; Board on Life Sciences ; Division on Earth and Life Studies ; National Research Council

"Many developing countries are exploring whether biotechnology has a role in addressing national issues such as food security and environmental remediation, and are considering whether the putative benefits of the technology-for example, enabling greater agricultural productivity and stability in the food supply-outweigh concerns that the technology might pose a danger-to biodiversity, health, and local jobs. Some policy leaders worry that their governments are not prepared to take control of this evolving technology and that introducing it into society would be a risky act. Others have suggested that taking no action carries more risk, given the dire need to produce more food. This book reports on an international workshop held to address these issues. Global Challenges and Directions for Agricultural Biotechnology: Mapping the Course, organized by the National Research Council on October 24-25, 2004, in Washington, DC, focused on the potential applications of biotechnology and what developing countries might consider as they contemplate adopting biotechnology. Presenters at the workshop described applications of biotechnology that are already proving their utility in both developing and developed countries."


Genetic Engineering

Genetic Engineering
Editor Idah Sithole-Niang
ISBN 978-953-51-1099-6
138 pages, May, 2013

"The book, while having only five chapters, covers a wide range of topics in genetic engineering of microorganisms, plants and animals. Specifically it covers both the natural and social sciences."


Genetic Engineering - Basics, New Applications and Responsibilities
Editor Hugo A. Barrera-Saldaña
ISBN 978-953-307-790-1
268 pages, January, 2012
"Leading scientists from different countries around the world contributed valuable essays on the basic applications and safety, as well as the ethical and moral considerations, of the powerful genetic engineering tools now available for modifying the molecules, pathways, and phenotypes of species of agricultural, industrial and even medical importance."


Genetically Engineered Crops
Experiences and Prospects (2016)
Committee on Genetically Engineered Crops: Past Experience and Future Prospects; Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources ; Division on Earth and Life Studies ; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

"Genetically engineered (GE) crops were first introduced commercially in the 1990s. After two decades of production, some groups and individuals remain critical of the technology based on their concerns about possible adverse effects on human health, the environment, and ethical considerations. At the same time, others are concerned that the technology is not reaching its potential to improve human health and the environment because of stringent regulations and reduced public funding to develop products offering more benefits to society. While the debate about these and other questions related to the genetic engineering techniques of the first 20 years goes on, emerging genetic-engineering technologies are adding new complexities to the conversation."

Impact of Genetically Engineered Crops on Farm Sustainability in the United States
NAP 2010
  Genetically Engineered Organisms, Wildlife, and Habitat: A Workshop Summary
NAP 2008
  Global Challenges and Directions for Agricultural Biotechnology: Workshop Report
NAP 2008
  Biological Confinement of Genetically Engineered Organisms
NAP 2004




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