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Genetically Modified Diplomacy

The Global Politics of Agricultural Biotechnology and the Environment

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.

336 pages

Table of Contents





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




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