ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Agricultural Biotechnology Development, Policy and Impact in China

China is developing the largest plant biotechnology capacity outside North America and an impressive list of genetically modified (GM) crops under trial. However, underlying these achievements is a growing concern among policy-makers about the impact of the global biotechnology debate on China's agricultural trade. Like many other developing countries, it has now to address serious questions on the future of biotechnology in the country.

Ensuring 'Safe Use' of Biotechnology: Key Challenges

Governing safe use of biotechnology in agriculture is a controversial new regulatory challenge facing developing countries such as India. This article identifies short- and longterm challenges to biosafety governance in India and emphasises the need for institutional mechanisms to ensure that use of biotechnology can fulfil desired societal goals. Although biosafety regimes are critical, they cannot substitute for broad institutional fora to debate the social implications of the use of biotechnology in agriculture.

GMOs: Need for Appropriate Risk Assessment System

There is an urgeng need for setting up a Biotechnology Commission which would in turn determine the monitoring and policy making machanisms in the field. For, such bodies not only need to have technical expertise, but have to work within a well-developed social perspective.
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