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ERIC Number: EJ769032
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 62
ISSN: ISSN-0270-4676
Tension on the Farm Fields: The Death of Traditional Agriculture?
Oguamanam, Chidi
Bulletin of Science, Technology & Society, v27 n4 p260-273 2007
Taking into account the historic transitions and progressions in agricultural science, this article examines the emergence of the phenomenon of agricultural biotechnology. It identifies pivotal sites of tension between agricultural biotechnology and alternative approaches to agriculture. The article identifies two distinct sources of contemporary social tension around agricultural science. First, it identifies the epistemological fault line and examines how the latter is promoted by intellectual property. Second, it spotlights the gene-wandering syndrome--a byproduct of genetic modification--and evaluates its impact on the escalating tension in our agricultural communities. Drawing from recent court decisions in Canada, the article recognizes the present urgency for a better jurisprudence and practical regulatory policy on aspects of agricultural biotechnology to mediate current tensions in those communities. It argues that judicial and policy response must be predicated on recognition of agro-epistemic pluralism and an understanding of broader socioeconomic impact of agro-biotechnology on alternative forms of agriculture. (Contains 27 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada