Issues in the political economy of agricultural biotechnology

Wield, David, Chataway, Joanna and Bolo, Maurice (2010) Issues in the political economy of agricultural biotechnology. Journal of Agrarian Change, 10 (3). pp. 342-366. ISSN 1471-0358

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Abstract

Agricultural biotechnology is typically analyzed critically by means of a political ecological focus on the science and its ecological implications - agbio science as a radical, and 'non-natural', break with 'normal' trajectories for 'new plant science'. Surprisingly, less attention has been paid to a range of key political economic issues, many of which were important in the last big food production technology 'revolution', the Green Revolution. This paper will focus on three areas of political economy. First, we discuss the corporate drivers of agricultural biotechnology, and examine whether these drivers have already set the technology so that it cannot be changed. Second, we investigate the present economics and technology of genetic modification in plants, and its possible future. Third, we examine empirical evidence for alternative visions of the technology.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Agricultural production, Agricultural technology, Alternative agriculture, Biotechnology, Empirical analysis, Food production, Political economy
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Stacey Goldup
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2016 13:26
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2016 13:26
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/65280
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