Since its first commercial release in the United States in 1996, agricultural biotechnology is now officially approved for use 29 countries worldwide. Nearly 17 million farmers grow genetically modified (GM) crops on over 160 million. At the time of the first release of GM crops there were widespread concerns over their potential long-term economic, ecological and health impacts. These concerns inspired diplomatic efforts to find ways to minimize potential economic, ecological and health impacts. The most elaborate of such efforts is the Cartagena Protocol of Biosafety negotiated under the auspices of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity.
The aim of this special issue is to provide the latest evidence of the ecological and health impacts of GM crops. The special issue will focus on providing long-term trends based on assessments of studies on environment and health impacts of agricultural biotechnology. It will also welcome case studies of such impacts providing the best available evidence.
Since the first commercial release of GM crops there have been a number of major controversies that captured international media attention. However, their resolution hardly received attention. This special issue will also include papers on those controversies with particular emphasis on their policy lessons.
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
- History of adoption of agricultural biotechnology
- Evolution of regulations in agricultural biotechnology
- Trends international treaties governing agriculture biotechnology
- Negative environmental impacts of agricultural biotechnology
- Positive environmental impacts of agricultural biotechnology
- Negative health impacts of agricultural biotechnology
- Positive health impacts of agricultural biotechnology
- Negative economic impacts of agricultural biotechnology
- Positive economic impacts of biotechnology
- Emerging trends in national regulation of agricultural biotechnology
- Emerging trends in international trade in agricultural biotechnology
- Political economy of agricultural biotechnology
- Public perceptions in agricultural biotechnology
- Public controversies on ecological impacts of agricultural biotechnology
- Public controversies on health impacts of agricultural biotechnology
- Public controversies on economic impacts of agricultural biotechnology
Manuscript submission: 15 June, 2013
Notification of initial decision: 15 July, 2013
Submission of revised manuscript: 15 September, 2013
Notification of final acceptance: 15 October, 2013