Introduction to Socio-Economic Considerations in the Regulation of Genetically Modified Organisms

  • Karinne Ludlow
  • Stuart J. Smyth
  • José Falck-Zepeda
Part of the Natural Resource Management and Policy book series (NRMP, volume 37)


Just over 20 years ago, an innovation occurred in agriculture-one with global implications. From this modest beginning, agricultural biotechnology and GM crops have become nothing short of the most rapidly, and widely, adopted innovation in the history of commodity agriculture. This book aims to provide an overview of socio-economic considerations (SEC) assessment in biotechnology regulation as a resource for policy makers and other interested stakeholders concerned with the development of best practice, methods and policy guidelines for SEC evaluation implementation and inclusion in decision making. This chapter sets the scene for the remainder of the chapters.


Genetically Modify World Trade Organization Genetically Modify Crop Agricultural Biotechnology World Trade Organization Dispute 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Karinne Ludlow
    • 1
  • Stuart J. Smyth
    • 2
  • José Falck-Zepeda
    • 3
  1. 1.Monash UniversityClaytonAustralia
  2. 2.University of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada
  3. 3.International Food Policy Research InstituteWashingtonUSA

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