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An Environmental-Economic Assessment of Genetic Modification of Agricultural Crops

Jeroen van den Bergh and Justin M. Holley
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Justin M. Holley: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

No 01-025/3, Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers from Tinbergen Institute

Abstract: The advantages and disadvantages of genetic modification of organisms in agriculture are reviewed. These relate to the environment, human health, socio-economic effects, population growth, and differential consequences for developed and developing countries. An overall evaluation requires that attention is given to the perception and endogeneity of uncertainty, irreversibility, the availability of alternatives, and a comparison with other complex issues. Some implications for an effective public strategy are outlined. This discussion paper has resulted in a publication in Futures , 2002, 34(9-10), 807-22.

Keywords: Biotechnology; Cost-benefit analysis; Ecology; Evolution; Genetic engineering; Health; Irreversibility; Transgenic plants; Uncertainty (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2001-02-26
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