Public perceptions and expectations of biotechnology

Public perceptions and expectations of biotechnology

What factors influence public perceptions and expectations of biotechnology?

This edition of the Biotechnology and Development Monitor surveys the perceptions and expectations that have developed in the public domain on agricultural gene technology in recent years. Authors from different parts of the world analyse the factors that have influenced public perceptions and expectations of biotechnology as applied to agriculture in their own countries over the last 25 years. Factors include:

  • strategic research and development decisions by private firms
  • international and national public research policies
  • governmental regulations for safety in biotechnology
  • campaigning activities by non-governmental organisations and the ways the media report on biotechnology.

Chapters include:

  • assessing stakeholder attitudes to agricultural biotechnology in developing countries
  • poor citizens decide on the introduction of GMOs in Brazil
  • why North Americans think what they think about GM food
  • farmers' perception and expectations of genetic engineering in Zambia
  • establishing acceptance: biosafety regulations in Zambia
  • uncertainty and reluctance: Europe and GM foods
  • regulations, negotiations and campaigns: introducing biotechnology into India
  • ethics: the key to public acceptance of biotechnology?
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