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Title: Use of Biotechnology in Agriculture -- Benefits and Risks 
Author: Wieczorek, Ania
Date: 2003-05
Publisher: University of Hawaii
Citation: Wieczorek A. 2003. Use of biotechnology in agriculture -- benefits and risks. Honolulu (HI): University of Hawaii. 6 p. (Biotechnology; BIO-3).
Abstract: Biotechnology is the application of scientific techniques to modify and improve plants, animals, and microorganisms to enhance their value. Agricultural biotechnology is the area of biotechnology involving applications to agriculture. Modern biotechnology represents unique applications of science that can be used for the betterment of society through development of crops with improved nutritional quality, resistance to pests and diseases, and reduced cost of production. Biotechnology, in the form of genetic engineering, is a facet of science that has the potential to provide important benefits if used carefully and ethically. Society should be provided with a balanced view of the fundamentals of biotechnology and genetic engineering, the processes used in developing transgenic organisms, the types of genetic material used, and the benefits and risks of the new technology.
Series/Report No.: Biotechnology
Pages/Duration: 6 pages
Keywords: agricultural biotechnology, crops, genetic engineering, genetic improvement, Hawaii, risk assessment

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