New Agriculture Biotechnologies: The Struggle for Democratic Choice

Authors

  • Gerad Middendorf
  • Mike Skladany
  • Elizabeth Ransom
  • Lawrence Busch

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-050-03-1998-07_7

Keywords:

Ecology

Abstract

In the contemporary global agrifood system, the emergence of a plethora of new agricultural biotechnologies has radically merged questions of design at the molecular level with those of agricultural change, posing a series of far-reaching social, technical, and ethical consequences and contradictions. With more possible technological paths than ever before, the new biotechnologies have made technology choice central in the discourse over the future of agriculture. Implicit in the making of such choices is a redesigning of nature that could profoundly transform the agrifood system, ecosystems, and the social organization of agriculture. Indeed, global food production and consumption currently stand on the brink of a radical alteration in organizational form which conceivably could surpass the redistributional outcomes of twentieth century industrialization of farming, agriculture, and the food system.

Published

1998-07-07

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