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Agricultural Biotechnology, Economic Perspectives, Vol. 8, No. 3, September 2003

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      Agricultural Biotechnology, Economic Perspectives, September 2003
      Dear Colleagues
       
      I am pleased to enclose table-of-contents of the latest electronic journal of the U.S. Department of State, Economic Perspectives, Vol. 8, No. 3, September 2003. This issue is a special issue on Agricultural Biotechnology.
       
      Please feel free to write for photocopy if you are interested in any of the article(s) listed therein. You can also request full print copy of the entire journal for your library use.
       
      Thank you
       
      Muhammad Asif
       

      CONTENTS

      Economic Perspectives


      Agricultural Biotechnology


      An Electronic Journal of the U.S. Department of State
      Vol. 8, No. 3, September 2003

           Focus     Commentary     Resources

      Agricultural Biotechnology


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      FOCUS

      TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT DIMENSIONS
      OF U.S. INTERNATIONAL BIOTECHNOLOGY POLICY

      By Alan Larson, Under Secretary of State for Economic,
      Business and Agricultural Affairs
      Science-based regulation of agricultural biotechnology contributes to the free trade of safe biotech applications and biotech's appropriate use to promote development, writes Alan Larson, under secretary of state for economic, business and agricultural affairs. Larson adds that biotechnology — one of the most promising new technologies of our times — is too important for the world to ignore.

      AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY AND THE DEVELOPING WORLD
      By J. B. Penn, Under Secretary of Agriculture for Farm
      and Foreign Agricultural Services
      Biotechnology has the potential to play a large role in more rapidly advancing agricultural productivity in developing countries while protecting the environment for future generations, writes J.B. Penn, under secretary for farm and foreign agricultural services at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

      UNDERSTANDING BIOTECHNOLOGY IN AGRICULTURE
      By Lester M. Crawford, Deputy Commissioner,
      U.S. Food and Drug Administration
      Bioengineering provides distinct advantages over traditional breeding technologies because the risk of introducing detrimental traits is likely to be reduced, says Deputy U.S. Food and Drug Commissioner Lester Crawford. He argues that there are no scientific reasons that a product should include a label indicating that it, or its ingredients, was produced using bioengineering.

      A GREEN FAMINE IN AFRICA?
      By Ambassador Tony P. Hall, U.S. Mission to the U.N.
      Agencies for Food and Agriculture
      Countries facing famine must consider the severe, immediate consequences of rejecting food aid that may contain biotechnology, writes Tony Hall, U.S. representative to the U.N. Agencies for Food and Agriculture. He says that there is no justification for countries to avoid food that people in the United States eat every day and that has undergone rigorous testing.

      FACT SHEET: THE CARTAGENA PROTOCOL ON BIOSAFETY
      The Biosafety Protocol, which will enter into force on September 11, 2003, will provide many countries the opportunity to obtain information before new biotech organisms are imported, according to a new U.S. Department of State fact sheet. The protocol does not, however, address food safety issues or require consumer product labeling.

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      COMMENTARY

      THE ROLE OF AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY IN WORLD FOOD AID
      By Bruce Chassy, Professor of Food Microbiology and Nutritional Sciences and Executive Associate Director of the Biotechnology Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
      Biotechnology has the potential to play a key role in reducing chronic hunger, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, which missed out on the "Green Revolution" of the 1960s and 1970s, says Bruce Chassy, professor and executive associate director of the Biotechnology Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He urges more public investment in agricultural research, education and training at the local, national and regional levels.

      THE ROLE OF PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY IN THE WORLD'S FOOD SYSTEMS
      By A. M. Shelton, Professor of Entomology, Cornell University/New York State Agricultural Experiment Station
      At the molecular level, writes Cornell University Professor A.M. Shelton, different organisms are quite similar. It is this similarity that allows the transfer of genes of interest to be moved successfully between organisms and makes genetic engineering a much more powerful tool than traditional breeding in improving crop yields and promoting environmentally friendly production methods.


      IMPROVING ANIMAL AGRICULTURE THROUGH BIOTECHNOLOGY
      By Terry D. Etherton, Distinguished Professor of Animal Nutrition, The Pennsylvania State University
      Livestock feed derived from biotechnology has been shown to increase production efficiency, decrease animal waste and lower the toxins that can cause sickness in animals, says Terry D. Etherton, distinguished professor at The Pennsylvania State University. Genetically modified feed also can improve water and soil quality by reducing levels of phosphorous and nitrogen in animal waste.


      BIOTECHNOLOGY IN THE GLOBAL COMMUNICATION ECOLOGY
      By Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice of International Development and Director of the Science, Technology and Globalization Project at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
      Much of the debate about agricultural biotechnology is steered by myths and misinformation and not by science, writes Calestous Juma, professor and director of the Science, Technology and Globalization Project at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. The scientific community, with stronger support from governments, must do more to openly address science and technology issues with the public, he says.

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      RESOURCES

      PRESS RELEASE: U.S. REQUEST FOR A WTO DISPUTE PANEL
      REGARDING EU BIOTECH MORATORIUM

      PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY TIMELINE

      GLOSSARY OF BIOTECHNOLOGY TERMS

      ADDITIONAL READINGS

      KEY INTERNET SITES

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      Economic Perspectives

      An Electronic Journal of the U.S. Department of State

      Volume 8 Number 3 September 2003

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