Social Constraints on Crop Biotechnology in Developing Countries

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Social Constraints on Crop Biotechnology in Developing Countries

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Title: Social Constraints on Crop Biotechnology in Developing Countries
Author: Stone, Glenn Davis
Keywords: agricultural development
indigenous technical knowledge
Date: 2004
Publisher: AgBioForum
Citation: AgBioForum, 7(1&2) 2004: 76-79.
Abstract: Westerners often see the social components of agriculture in developing countries as constraints on development. However, the same social components play vital roles in facilitating cultivation. Of particular relevance to the future of genetically modified (GM) crops is the importance of the social component of indigenous management skill. Developing world farmers rely on observations of each others' fields and on information and interpretations passed among each other. Along with the benefits that genetic modification has the potential to offer, it is important to keep in mind ways in which the technology may also disrupt this social component of agriculture. Two possible forms of disruption are decreased recognizability and accelerated rate of technological change.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10355/178
ISSN: 1522-936X

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