Genetically Modified Crops and Agricultural Development

Genetically Modified Crops and Agricultural Development

by Matin Qaim

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Genetically Modified Crops and Agricultural Development by Matin Qaim

This book analyzes the impacts of current and possible future GM crop applications and shows that these technologies can contribute substantially to sustainable agricultural development and food security.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781137405715
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US
Publication date: 11/17/2015
Series: Palgrave Studies in Agricultural Economics and Food Policy
Edition description: 1st ed. 2016
Pages: 206
Sales rank: 944,004
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

Matin Qaim is Professor of International Food Economics and Rural Development at the University of Goettingen, Germany. He has over 20 years of research experience in countries in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. He has published widely in academic journals and is member of various scientific and policy advisory committees.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction.- 2. Plant Breeding and Agricultural Development.- 3. Potentials and Risks of GM Crops.- 4. Adoption and Impacts of GM Crops.- 5. New and Future GM Crop Applications.- 6. GM Crop Regulation.- 7. The Complex Public Debate.- 8. Conclusions.

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"This important and well-written book builds on Qaim's cutting-edge research on the impacts of GM crops. It clearly debunks some of the most popular arguments against GMOs and presents convincing evidence that GM crops have already made major contributions to improving people's lives. This is essential reading for economists and social scientists working on agricultural technology issues, as well as for plant scientists interested in the societal implications of their work." - David Zilberman, Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Berkeley, USA

"In his 20 years of research on this topic, Qaim has shown convincingly that GM crops can benefit poor societies in developing countries. It is most frustrating that such evidence is too often ignored or denied in the ideological public debate about the use of GMOs and their regulation. Reading this remarkable book will hopefully contribute to a more rational and science-based discourse in the future." - Ingo Potrykus, Professor of Plant Sciences, Emeritus, ETH Zurich, Switzerland; co-inventor of Golden Rice

"This path-breaking book combines intellectual courage and analytical rigor. It brings balanced research and sobriety to one of the most controversial technological developments of the early twenty-first century." - Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International Development, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA; author of The New Harvest

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