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The Politics of Precaution: Genetically Modified Crops in Developing Countries

By: Robert L Paarlberg

180 pages, Tabs

Johns Hopkins University Press

Paperback | Sep 2001 | #121702 | ISBN: 0801868238
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Hardback | Sep 2001 | #121698 | ISBN: 0801866685
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&i;`This is the first major empirical study that sheds light on the policy dynamics influencing the adoption of biotechnology in developing countries. The analytical framework and the wealth of new information make it both original and substantive. In addition, the study is an honest and candid account of trends in developing countries. This is an important book that will inspire the practitioner, challenge the academic, satisfy the curious, and appease the bewildered.'&o; Calestous Juma, Harvard University

Paarlberg's primary aim was to describe and categorize GM crop-related policies in the countries he studied, and in this regard, The Politics of Precaution is a rich source for social scientists interested in agricultural biotechnology. -- Daniel Lee Kleinman American Political Science Review The Politics of Precaution is a timely book that analyzes the topic of GM crops and developing countries from a fresh perspective... The test is rich in new information, appealing in style, easily accessible and does not require technical background knowledge from the reader. -- Matin Qaim Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture The first comprehensive and thorough assessment of policies toward GM crops and food in developing countries. -- Christian Breunig Governance As one would expect from someone of Paarlberg's reputation and experience in the field of agricultural biotechnology the book focuses on major themes as well as main actors involved in the blocking the spread of the GM crop revolution. -- M. Narasimha Rao Development and Change 2004


Contents: List of Tables Foreword Preface and Acknowledgments 1 Introduction: The Challenge of the GM Crop Revolution 2 Classifying Policies toward GM Crops and Foods 3 Governmental Caution and Weak Capacity in Kenya 4 The Courts Intervene in Brazil 5 NGOs Stir Anxieties in India 6 Permission Partly Granted in China 7 Comparing and Explaining Developing-Country Policies toward GM Crops References Index About the Author

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Robert Paarlberg is an associate professor of political science at Wellesley College.

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