Template-Type: ReDIF-Paper 1.0 Series: Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers Creation-Date: 2001-02-26 Number: 01-025/3 Author-Name: Jeroen C.J.M. van den Bergh Author-Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Author-Workplace-Name: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam & Autonomous University Barcelona Author-Name: Justin M. Holley Author-Workplace-Name: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Title: An Environmental-Economic Assessment of Genetic Modification of Agricultural Crops 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 File-Url: http://papers.tinbergen.nl/01025.pdf File-Format: application/pdf File-Size: 73762 bytes Handle: RePEc:tin:wpaper:20010025