Tag Archives: GM

  • Governing Agricultural Sustainability: Global lessons from GM crops




    Although GM crops are seen by their advocates as a key component of the future of world agriculture and as part of the solution for world poverty and hunger, their uptake has not been smooth nor universal: they have been marred by controversy and all too commonly their regulation has been challenged as inadequate, even […]




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  • Synthetic Biology & Global Health – Claire Marris seminar




    Synthetic Biology & Global Health: How to move beyond the promises/perils framing? Claire Marris, King’s College London A seminar co-organised by Centre for Bionetworking, STEPS Centre and Centre for Global Health Policy In a speech announcing the UK’s “eight great technologies” in 2012, Chancellor George Osborne stated that “synthetic biology will heal us, heat [us] […]




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  • STEPS blog: best of 2014




    We can hardly believe it, but it’s nearly the end of 2014. To mark the occasion, the STEPS Centre communications team has picked 12 of our favourite blog posts by STEPS members, one from each month of the year. Choosing them has been a difficult task, as there’s been a lot to write about our […]




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  • Innovation choices in the face of uncertainty




    Professor Andy Stirling writes chapter accompanying the UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser’s inaugural report Sir Mark Walport recently launched his first ever annual report as UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Innovation: Managing risk not avoiding it. The accompanying evidence and case studies includes a chapter written by Professor Andy Stirling, Co-Director of the ESRC-funded STEPS Centre, […]




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  • The precautionary principle must be retained, unless we are willing to be reckless with our common future




    Guest blog by Rupert Read I recently submitted evidence to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee inquiry on GM food and the Precautionary Principle. Unfortunately, as you’ll see intimated at the outset of my remarks there, I have relatively little faith in the inquiry. It seems to me that the inquiry’s terms have […]




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  • GM Food and the precautionary principle




    “Precaution does not necessarily mean a ban. It simply urges that time and space be found to get things right.” Professor Andy Stirling, writing in the Guardian Overview The UK House of Commons Science and Technology Select Committee is carrying out an inquiry into genetically modified (GM) foods and the way in which these are regulated in Europe […]




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  • Investing in Food security? Philanthrocapitalism, biotechnology and development




    Sally Brooks, University of York This paper traces the evolution of philanthropic involvement in developing country agriculture from the ‘scientific philanthropy’ of the Rockefeller Foundation during and after the Green Revolution era to the ‘philathrocapitalism’ of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, by examining two cases of ‘pro-poor’ agricultural biotechnology research: pro-Vitamin A-enriched ‘Golden Rice’ […]




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  • Biotechnology research archive




    The STEPS biotechnology research archive consists of evidence-based research on GM crops, food and development spanning the last 10 years.







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  • Biotechnology and its configurations: GM cotton production on large and small farms in Argentina




    Drawing on a socio-technical systems perspective we compare the ways in which novel genetically modified (GM) crop artefacts, related devices and techniques, actors, practices, and institutions have been linked together, or configured, across two distinctive cotton production systems in north east Argentina, one based around large-scale farming and the other based around small-scale family farming. […]




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  • Health Biotechnology Innovation for Social Sustainability – A Perspective from China




    China is not only becoming a significant player in the production of high-tech products, but also an increasingly important contributor of ideas and influence in the global knowledge economy. This paper identifies the promises and the pathologies of the biotech innovation system from the perspective of social sustainability in China, looking at the governance of […]




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