About this book
Chris Wozniak brings 24 years of experience working with USDA and EPA while Alan McHughen brings over 26 years of working with transgenic organisms as an academic scientist in Canada and USA. Together they compiled a series of chapters from experts from industry, academia and government to explain how the regulations arose, what they are today and how they need to change to keep up with the rapidly evolving technology to assure product safety while not unduly impeding the potential benefits of this powerful technology.
What was the impetus for regulating biotechnology while other methods of genetic modification remain exempted from premarket safety assessments? How were the regulations made? How are they enforced? How do the diverse political agendas meld with the scientific foundation in assessing safety? How does the perspective of the technology developer differ from that of the biosafety regulator? In addressing these questions and others, this book offers authoritative and comprehensive yet accessible and illuminating insights into the agricultural biotech regulatory systems in both countries.