The Future of Agricultural Biotechnology: Creative Destruction, Adoption, or Irrelevance?–In Honor of Prof. Vittorio Santaniello

The Future of Agricultural Biotechnology: Creative Destruction, Adoption, or Irrelevance?–In Honor of Prof. Vittorio Santaniello

Justus WesselerWageningen University, The NetherlandsSara ScatastaCentre for European Economic Research, Germany With the death of Prof. Vittorio Santaniello in the summer of 2007, the International Consortium for Agricultural Biotechnology Research (ICABR) lost one of its most enthusiastic founders and most important contributors….

Vittorio Santaniello: Founder of the International Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology Research (ICABR)

Vittorio Santaniello: Founder of the International Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology Research (ICABR)

Pasquale Lucio ScandizzoUniversity of Rome “Tor Vergata”David ZilbermanUniversity of California, BerkeleyCarl E. PrayRutgers University The Early Years The School of Agricultural Sciences at the University of Naples, where Vittorio Santaniello studied, was considered both prestigious and remote. It was located in Portici,…

Persistent Narratives: Why is the “Failure of Bt Cotton in India” Story Still with Us?

Persistent Narratives: Why is the “Failure of Bt Cotton in India” Story Still with Us?

Ron HerringCornell University Science can say nothing conclusive about many important dimensions of the global cognitive and political rift on transgenic agricultural crops. Empirical studies will not answer questions in the realms of food preference, risk aversion, cultural constructions of rural society,…

The Role of Biotechnology in a Sustainable Biofuel Future

The Role of Biotechnology in a Sustainable Biofuel Future

Steven Sexton, David Zilberman, Deepak Rajagopal, and Gal HochmanUniversity of California, Berkeley Biofuel production has increased dramatically since 2000, impacting markets for food and fuel. This article uses a partial equilibrium model to simulate biofuel impacts. We find that US biofuel production…

Science and Technology in World Agriculture: Narratives and Discourses

Science and Technology in World Agriculture: Narratives and Discourses

Pasquale Lucio ScandizzoUniversity of Rome “Tor Vergata” The narratives characterizing the current debate on world agricultural research tend to be part of a discourse that rationalizes past experience and future tendencies along the lines of extreme recounts of successes and failures. Stories…

The Political Economy of Agricultural Biotechnology Policies

The Political Economy of Agricultural Biotechnology Policies

Gregory D. GraffColorado State UniversityGal Hochman and David ZilbermanUniversity of California, Berkeley This article develops a political-economy framework to analyze the formation of agricultural biotechnology policies. Going beyond accounts that largely attribute differences between US and European regulatory environments to consumer attitudes,…

The Role of Coordination and Cooperation in Early Adoption of GM Crops: The Case of Bt Maize in Brandenburg, Germany

The Role of Coordination and Cooperation in Early Adoption of GM Crops: The Case of Bt Maize in Brandenburg, Germany

Nicola Consmüller, Volker Beckmann, and Christian SchleyerHumboldt-Universität zu Berlin Since 2006, several varieties of transgenic Bt maize have been approved for commercial cultivation in Germany. The German regulatory framework for growing these crops comprises moderate ex-ante regulations as well as strict ex-post…

Coping with Ex-ante Regulations for Planting Bt Maize: The Portuguese Experience

Coping with Ex-ante Regulations for Planting Bt Maize: The Portuguese Experience

Theodoros Skevas and Justus WesselerWageningen University, The NetherlandsPedro FevereiroInstituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica (ITQB), Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal This article investigates the attitude and practices of Bt and non- Bt maize farmers in Portugal. Thirty-seven Bt maize farmers were interviewed,…

Biotechnology Research in the CGIAR: An Overview

Biotechnology Research in the CGIAR: An Overview

Haruko OkusuCGIAR Science Council Secretariat The CGIAR is a strategic alliance of members, partners, and 15 international agricultural research centers that mobilizes science to benefit the poor. Agricultural research at the CGIAR Centers entails various technologies, including biotechnology, and the extent to…