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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Agricultural Biotechnology: Challenges and Prospects

Authors
item Bhalgat, Mahesh - AMGEN, INC.
item Ridley, William - MONSANTO COMPANY
item Felsot, Allan - WASHINGTON STATE UNIV
item Seiber, James

Submitted to: American Chemical Society Symposium Series
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: December 17, 2003
Publication Date: February 1, 2004
Citation: Bhalgat, M.K., Ridley, W.P., Felsot, A.S., Seiber, J.N., editors. 2004. Agricultural biotechnology: challenges and prospects. American Chemical Society Symposium Series. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. 232 p.

Interpretive Summary: Agricultural biotechnology has provided powerful tools to enhance the modification of plants to the potential benefit of society. However, the introduction and rapid adoption of this technology has not occurred without controversy. Questions have been raised about the food and feed safety of these new products and their effect on the environment. These issues have highlighted the need for communication of the experimental evidence and scientific evaluation for the assessment of the benefits and any risks to society. The intent of this book is to provide up-to-date information on the critical issues facing agricultural biotechnology as the 21st century unfolds. It contains research by key scientists involved in agricultural biotechnology targeted to place information in the hands of both technical and non-technical citizens so that they may make informed decisions that will shape the future of this technology. The contents of this book were based upon two agricultural biotechnology symposia, one sponsored by the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Agricultural and Food Chemistry and the other sponsored by the ACS Division of Agrochemicals. Both symposia were held during the ACS National Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, in August of 2001.

Technical Abstract: Agricultural biotechnology has provided powerful tools to enhance the modification of plants to the potential benefit of society. However, the introduction and rapid adoption of this technology has not occurred without controversy. Questions have been raised about the food and feed safety of these new products and their effect on the environment. These issues have highlighted the need for communication of the experimental evidence and scientific evaluation for the assessment of the benefits and any risks to society. The intent of this book is to provide up-to-date information on the critical issues facing agricultural biotechnology as the 21st century unfolds. It contains research by key scientists involved in agricultural biotechnology targeted to place information in the hands of both technical and non-technical citizens so that they may make informed decisions that will shape the future of this technology. The contents of this book were based upon two agricultural biotechnology symposia, one sponsored by the American Chemical Society (ACS) Division of Agricultural and Food Chemistry and the other sponsored by the ACS Division of Agrochemicals. Both symposia were held during the ACS National Meeting in Chicago, Illinois, in August of 2001.

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