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Agricultural Biotechnology: International Markets and Policies in an International Setting

Immediately prior to the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society's annual meeting, a one-day international workshop Agricultural Biotechnology: Markets and Policies in an International Setting was held at the Stamford Plaza Hotel in Adelaide, Australia. The program included 12 main speakers and various discussion openers and discussants. Many of the papers were commissioned by the International Food and Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) or prepared especially for the workshop. About 100 people participated in the event, about half from industry and half from university and government agencies.

The event received much media attention. IFPRI obtained considerable help from Biotech Australia and Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries--Australia (the Australian counterpart to the USDA), and through that help the workshop was covered widely in the media. Over 30 pieces appeared on local and national TV and radio and in the print media. The Australian Broadcasting Commission (the federally funded national broadcaster) set up a studio in the hotel, did camera interviews with numerous speakers from the workshop, and plan to air a one hour program nationally, based on these interviews and other supporting material.

On November 28, 2001, the proceedings volume from the conference was launched at a policy seminar in Washington, D.C. Details about the The Future of Food: Biotechnology Markets and Policies in an International Setting have been reproduced below from the IFPRI website.

Biotechnology Markets and Policies in an International Setting

Edited by Philip G. Pardey
330 pages / 2001
$19.95 paperback / ISBN 0-89629-709-8
Pricing for U.S. only. Foreign pricing also available.
Distributed by Johns Hopkins University Press.
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The Table of Contents and Chapter 1 of this book are available for download in PDF format.

Table of Contents, Foreword and Acknowledgements
 (PDF 91K)

Chapter 1: Introduction
 (PDF 64K)

What is the future of food? Everyone agrees that feeding the world in the decades ahead will require substantial increases in crop yields. But how we get there has become a remarkably contentious question because of biotechnology. What should be biotechnology?s role in assuring affordable and sustainably grown food for all? How we answer this question now will have profound ramifications for decades to come.

The chapters in this book confront the controversy over biotechnology with new analyses and insights from economists and technologists. The topics covered include the differences in perceptions about biotechnology among rich and poor countries; the effects of rich-country restrictions on international trade in genetically modified crops on the welfare of poorer countries; the effects of intellectual property rights on the bioscience done by public agencies the world over; and the economic impacts of biotechnology.

Policymakers and partisans on both sides of the debate will find useful economic ways of thinking about the tradeoffs of biotechnology.

?At a time when the world is debating the merits of biotechnology, this book provides excellent insight into the themes of intellectual property protection and the economic ramifications of GM crops. The authors, all international experts on agricultural biotechnology, have distilled the critical issues in order to promote progress on the judicious implementation of this controversial technology.?
-- The Hon. Warren E. Truss, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Australia

?This important book places biotechnology directly in the context of developing-country concerns about food and agriculture. It is all the more valuable because it presents the science and economics of this controversial technology in a way that will help decisionmakers make the most informed choices- choices that will have profound consequences for how future generations feed themselves.?
-- Ismail Serageldin, Distinguished Professor, American University, Cairo, and Special Advisor to the Egyptian Government Alexandria Library

?This book presents the latest analyses of some 30 specialists on a rather contentious issue: the role of biotechnology in world food production. It is certain that biotechnology has the potential to meet some urgent needs of the world?s poor. As these articles make clear, bold international leadership is needed now to move this agenda forward.?
-- Bruce Alberts, President, National Academy of Sciences




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