Jeffrey Burkhardt
Professor, Agriculture and Naural Resource Ethics and Policy, Food and Resource Economics Department, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida

Much current research and development (R&D) in agricultural biotechnology is focused on the so-called “next generation” of biotech. There is an assumption that this work is ethically justifiable because the expected outcomes are ethically sound. However, people in the agricultural biotechnology enterprise must prove that the “promise of biotechnology” justifies their efforts.

Key words: Agricultural biotechnology, ethics, future benefits, future biotech, promising.