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25 - Conclusions and Recommendations

from Part IV - Case Studies from Developing Countries

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 July 2017

Ademola A. Adenle
Colorado State University
E. Jane Morris
University of Leeds
Denis J. Murphy
University of South Wales
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The concluding chapter starts by contextualizing the GMO debate within the context of the need for sustainable agricultural intensification and the challenge of meeting the Sustainable Development Goals. It discusses some of the key messages that arise from the preceding chapters. These include the fact that genetically improved crops that are locally important for developing countries have not yet been successful in reaching the market place, in considerable measure due to strict risk-averse legislation founded on the Precautionary Principle on which the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety is based. While there is excessive focus on risk, the benefits of the technology are generally not being considered by regulators, and are not being adequately communicated to the public. The situation is not helped by the focus on process-based legislation (focusing on the genetic modification) rather than on the nature of the resulting product. Developing countries continue to need appropriately focused capacity development to enable them to adequately deal with these issues.The chapter concludes with a set of recommendations for scientists, government officials, donors, the media and international bodies, which we believe would help to break the current impasse in the introduction of GMOs.
Genetically Modified Organisms in Developing Countries
Risk Analysis and Governance
, pp. 294 - 300
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2017

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