Governing Agricultural Sustainability : Global lessons from GM crops
This book aims to understand these dynamics, examining the impacts of GM crops in diverse contexts and their potentials to contribute to sustainable agricultural futures. Part 1 draws on research from three global `rising powers' - Brazil, India and Mexico - exploring the views of scientists, farmers and publics. Using a diverse array of ethnographic and qualitative methodologies, the book examines the dynamics that have underpinned the controversy in three diverse geo-political contexts, the manner in which dominant institutional framings have been closely aligned with the interests of powerful elites, and the multiple ways in which these have been resisted through local, symbolic and material practices. Part 2 comprises a series of short comment pieces from 11 leading social and natural scientists responding to the question of how to develop a policy framework for the responsible innovation of sustainable, culturally appropriate and socially just agricultural GM technologies.
This innovative book offers new insights for researchers and postgraduates in Science and technology studies, Agro-ecology and Environmental Studies, Development studies, Anthropology, Human Geography, Sociology, Political Science, Public Administration, Latin American studies, and Asian studies.
- Hardback | 244 pages
- 154.94 x 233.68 x 20.32mm | 430.91g
- 13 Jul 2015
- Taylor & Francis Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- 3 Halftones, black and white; 4 Tables, black and white; 7 Illustrations, black and white
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Table of contents
"Can GM crops feed the world? Such an apparently straightforward question is revealed in this book instead as a lens on the daunting intersections of technological advance, globalization, political and economic power, and cultural identity. Through the subtle studies in this volume, GM crops become nothing less than a powerful and poignant metaphor for whatever it is that seems to have replaced the ruthless innocence of modernity."-Daniel Sarewitz, Professor of Science and Society and Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes (CSPO) at Arizona State University, USA
"A fascinating and unique book addressing the development and deployment of GM crops in a wide variety of different agroecosystems and countries. It steers between the unhelpful dichotomies of the past, and shows that GM agriculture is neither inevitably a good thing or a bad thing: it depends on the social, ecological and political circumstances."-Jules Pretty OBE, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Environment & Society at the University of Essex, UK
"The quest to document, to make sense of and to advocate solutions to the continuing controversies surrounding genetically modified crops has spawned a large library of literature.ã This edited but integrated volume both contributes to that discussion and extends it in new directions. Rather than starting with an analysis of the claims and counterclaims for GM crops, it asks why such crops have not been viewed as a universal public good. In asking that question, it moves beyond the endless polemics and identifies how and under what conditions GM crops might be widely accepted. Moreover, by focusing on Mexico, Brazil and India - three nations where empirical research has been limited - the authors show how these technologies are framed differently in different settings. In so doing the authors illustrate the limits of both the information deficit model and formal risk analysis as means for resolving controversies. In their place, the authors present an alternative pluralistic and inclusive model for decision making - a model that just might move us toward better governance of technological change. Scholars and decision makers concerned about public controversies surrounding technological change would do well to read this volume."-Lawrence Busch, University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University, USA
About Phil Macnaghten
Susana Carro-Ripalda is a social anthropologist, Honorary Research Fellow at Durham University, and currently Visiting Researcher at the Universidad del Pais Vasco, Spain. She was Senior Research Fellow and GMFuturos Project Manager in the Department of Anthropology at Durham University, and has lectured at the universities of Durham, Glasgow and Edinburgh.