Sustaining a Revolution: A Policy Strategy for Crop Engineering

Sustaining a Revolution: A Policy Strategy for Crop Engineering


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Genetically modified (GM) foods hold enormous economic, social, and nutritional potential but have also engendered strong opposition. Whether the promise of these agricultural innovations will ultimately be realized or derailed depends on the policies adopted by governments and firms during the next few years.

This paper outlines a long-term strategy for crop engineering and its implications for U.S. policy. It implores the U.S. and European governments not to lock horns in a formal trade dispute through the World Trade Organization over access to European markets for U.S.-produced GM foods. Instead, the authors argue, the United States should side with other countries, including China, more likely to advance this innovation. The United States should also reinvigorate its investment in public agricultural research targeted to help the poorest farmers and consumers and lead efforts to create new mechanisms for sharing the intellectual-property rights essential to realizing this new technology's full potential.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780876093122
Publisher: Council on Foreign Relations
Publication date: 07/28/2002
Pages: 60
Product dimensions: 5.36(w) x 8.66(h) x 0.24(d)

Table of Contents

Chairman's Commentxi
Sustaining a Revolution
Introduction: "Prometheus Entangled"1
Gene Machines in the Garden11
The First Generation16
The Next Generation22
A Humanitarian Face for Biotechnology33
A Great Transformation41
Study Group Members48

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