CABI Biotechnology Series Series 7

GM Food Systems and their Economic Impact

December 2018
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  • Publisher
  • Published
    31st December 2018
  • ISBN 9781789240542
  • Language English
  • Pages 240 pp.
  • Size 6.75" x 9.6"

The development of transgenic crops is revolutionary, but what does it mean for food production, prices and to the environment? This is the first book to examine the economic evidence in a methodical way. It describes the historical evolution of biotechnology and defines key terms. It moves on to transgenic technology and food regime concepts. It analyzes GMO policy as part of overall agrarian policy, considering neoregulation in Brazil, Russia, China, India, South Africa, Spain and Serbia; and agricultural performance, support and trade relations. The effect of transgenic food production on world food prices is examined. Food security at global and regional levels, and the linkages between GMOs and world hunger, are explored. The book considers whether transgenic technology is environmentally friendly. It analyzes pesticide and fertilizer usage and efficiency over time, and pesticide consumption in GMO and non-GMO producing countries is reviewed. Finally, it considers the entry of transgenic ingredients into the food chain, listing the products affected.

Key features:

- Detailed analysis of economic data
- Comparison of international trends, including BRICs and Serbia
- Evaluation of environmental and food security implications
- Glossary of important terms.

1: Ancient, Classical, and Modern Biotechnology
2: Genetically Modified Foods in the Light of Food Regimes
3: Does Transgenic Food Production Affect World Food Prices?
4: Food Security and GMOs
5: Is GMO Farming an Eco-Friendly Choice?
6: GMOs: What are We Eating?

Tatjana Brankov

Tatjana Brankov is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness at the University of Novi Sad Faculty of Economics in Subotica, Serbia. Holding a PhD in economics and two MSc in biotechnology, she takes a multidisciplinary approach in researching GMO policy, food security, nutrition economics and policy and agri-food trade.

Koviljko Lovre

Koviljko Lovre is a full-time professor, leading the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness at the University of Novi Sad Faculty of Economics in Subotica, Serbia. His research covers a wide range of developmental and policy issues including agricultural policy in transition economics, policies in support of agriculture and rural development, technical changes and innovation in agriculture. He was formerly the Minister for Agriculture and President of the Serbian Association of Agricultural Economists.