Genetically Modified Diplomacy: The Global Politics of Agricultural Biotechnology and the Environment

Genetically Modified Diplomacy: The Global Politics of Agricultural Biotechnology and the Environment

by Peter Andree

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Genetically Modified Diplomacy: The Global Politics of Agricultural Biotechnology and the Environment by Peter Andree

When genetically engineered seeds were first deployed in the Americas in the mid-1990s, the biotechnology industry and its partners envisaged a world in which their crops would be widely accepted as the food of the future, providing a growing population with improved nutrition and offering farmers more sustainable production options. Critics, however, raised a variety of social, environmental, economic, and health concerns regarding engineered crops. This clash in perspectives led to a protracted international struggle over the establishment of regulations for genetically engineered organisms (GEOs).

Genetically Modified Diplomacy traces the emergence of a key outcome of this struggle - the 2000 Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety - and the discourse of precaution toward GEOs that the protocol institutionalized internationally. The precautionary view is a significant departure from the way the biotechnology industry first presented GEOs to the world. Peter Andrée explains this reversal in the "common-sense" understanding of genetic engineering, and discusses the new debates it has engendered.

Genetically Modified Diplomacy will be of particular interest to readers in the fields of environmental politics, biotechnology, and international relations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780774812696
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Publication date: 02/28/2008
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Peter Andrée is an assistant professor of political science at Carleton University.

Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgementsAcronymsIntroduction1. Theorizing International Environmental Diplomacy2. The Biotech Bloc3. The Ideational Politics of Genetic Engineering4. Biosafety as a Field of International Politics5. Staking out Positions6. A Precautionary Protocol7. The Politics of Precaution in the Wake of the Cartagena ProtocolNotesBibliographyIndex

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Michael D. Mehta

An exceptionally well written, theoretically sophisticated, and timely book. Andrée has provided an important service to readers who have an interest in understanding in fine detail the complex nature of environmental politics in a globalizing world.

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