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Economic Issues In Agricultural Biotechnology


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  • Shoemaker, Robbin A.
  • Harwood, Joy L.
  • Day-Rubenstein, Kelly A.
  • Dunahay, Terry
  • Heisey, Paul W.
  • Hoffman, Linwood A.
  • Klotz-Ingram, Cassandra
  • Lin, William W.
  • Mitchell, Lorraine
  • McBride, William D.
  • Fernandez-Cornejo, Jorge


Agricultural biotechnology has been advancing very rapidly, and while it presents many promises, it also poses as many questions. Many dimensions to agricultural biotechnology need to be considered to adequately inform public policy. Policy is made more difficult by the fact that agricultural biotechnology encompasses many policy issues addressed in very different ways. We have identified several key areas — agricultural research policy, industry structure, production and marketing, consumer issues, and future world food demand — where agricultural biotechnology is dramatically affecting the public policy agenda. This report focuses on the economic aspects of these issues and addresses some current and timely issues as well as longer term issues.

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Paper provided by United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service in its series Agricultural Information Bulletins with number 33735.

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Date of creation: 2001
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Handle: RePEc:ags:uersab:33735

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Keywords: biotechnology; economics; adoption; patents; research policy; markets; market segmentation; identity preservation; Research and Development/Tech Change/Emerging Technologies;


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