Genetically Modified Diplomacy
336 pages, 6 x 9
4 illustrations, 1 table
Paperback
Release Date:01 Jan 2008
ISBN:9780774812696
Hardcover
Release Date:11 May 2007
ISBN:9780774812689
PDF
Release Date:01 Jan 2008
ISBN:9780774855587
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Genetically Modified Diplomacy

The Global Politics of Agricultural Biotechnology and the Environment

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When genetically engineered seeds were first deployed in the Americas in the mid-1990s, the biotechnology industry and its partners envisaged a world in which their crops would be widely accepted as the food of the future. Critics, however, raised a variety of social, environmental, economic, and health concerns. This book traces the emergence of the 2000 Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety – and the discourse of precaution toward GEOs that the protocol institutionalized internationally. Peter Andrée explains this reversal in the "common-sense" understanding of genetic engineering, and discusses the new debates it has engendered.

An exceptionally well written, theoretically sophisticated, and timely book. Andrée has provided an important service to readers who have an interest in understanding in fine detail the complex nature of environmental politics in a globalizing world. Michael D. Mehta, Director of the Sociology of Biotechnology Program, University of Saskatchewan, and editor of Biotechnology Unglued: Science, Society, and Social Cohesion
Peter Andrée is an assistant professor of political science at Carleton University.

Preface

Acknowledgements

Acronyms

Introduction

1 Theorizing International Environmental Diplomacy

2 The Biotech Bloc

3 The Ideational Politics of Genetic Engineering

4 Biosafety as a Field of International Politics

5 Staking out Positions

6 A Precautionary Protocol

7 The Politics of Precaution in the Wake of the Cartagena Protocol

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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