The Impact of Asynchronous Approvals for Biotech Crops on Agricultural Sustainability, Trade, and Innovation


Task Force Chair

Nick Kalaitzandonakes

Task Force Author(s)

Val Giddings
Alan McHughen
Ken Zahringer

Task Force Reviewers

Fred Gale
Terrance Hurley
Morven McLean
Emilio Rodriguez Cerezo
Sharon Sydow
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This brief report outlines the main economic effects of the observed asynchrony in approvals for biotech-improved crops from regulatory systems in countries that are major global commodity exporters and importers. Initially the authors describe the work of scientists from a range of academic disciplines who use a variety of modeling and analytical techniques to approach this general question. In the next section the authors discuss in detail the question at hand and why it is so important to producers and consumers worldwide. The report then describes concrete research results in several relevant areas, including the effects on trade, downstream industries, the adoption of biotechnology innovations, biotech investment and R&D, crop breeding, and farm income. Proposed policies that could decrease regulatory asynchrony and its impacts on the global agricultural economy are also discussed. Chair: Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes, University of Missouri-Columbia. QTA2016-2, 12 pp., December 2016. AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY.
(KEYWORDS: low-level presence, LLP, GMO)

Mandarin Chinese translation also available as download (click link).


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