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Use of Biotechnology in Agriculture -- Benefits and Risks

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Title: Use of Biotechnology in Agriculture -- Benefits and Risks
Authors: Wieczorek, Ania
Keywords: agricultural biotechnology
genetic engineering
genetic improvement
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Issue Date: May 2003
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).
Series/Report no.: Biotechnology
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.
Pages/Duration: 6 pages
Appears in Collections:Biotechnology, 2002 - present

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