How GMOs Might Change Agriculture: Biology, Economics and Politics

Friday, March 8th, 2002
Jerry Nelson
Event Description

Proponents of the new biology in agriculture promise to solve world hunger and save the environment; opponents predict frankenfoods and superweeds.  The future lies somewhere in between with the old biology, economics and politics determining the outcomes.  This presentation explores the interactions among biology, economics and politics that led to the first two green revolutions.  It reviews recent evidence on the consequences of current GMOS, both commercial (Bt corn and cotton and glyphosate-resistant soybeans) and in development (golden rice).  The presentation ends with speculation about possible outcomes for agriculture and the environment.

Jerry Nelson

Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics