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Global Agricultural Biotechnology Industry

Safety Issues II-22

Ethical Issues II-22

Lack of Regulatory Framework II-23

3. INTRODUCTION TO AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY II-24Definition II-24Transgenic Plants Defined II-24Functioning of Biotechnology II-24Brief History of Agricultural Biotechnology II-24Significant Periods in the Development of Genetics II-25Advantages of Agricultural Biotechnology II-25Facilitating Easier Food Production II-25Enhancing Food Quality and Nutrition II-25Forestry and Trees II-26Beneficial for Hungry World II-26Environmental Benefits II-26Herbicide Acceptance for Modern Farming II-26Water Quality Protection II-27Guarding Against Plant Diseases II-27Nutrition, Quality and Health Benefits II-27Other Benefits II-27Select Agricultural Biotech Products Available in the Market II-28Biopesticides II-29Agricultural Biotechnology Process II-29Classes of Companies Involved in Agricultural Biotechnology II-30Biotech R&D Companies II-30Companies Manufacturing Agricultural Products II-30Seed Companies II-31Pharmaceutical Companies Operating through Subsidiaries II-31Food Corporations II-31Biotechnology and Forestry II-31


Genetically Modified Crops: A Global Perspective II-32

Genetically Modified Crops Slowly Losing their Stigma II-32

Industry Highlights II-32

Future R&D Strategies II-33

5. AGRICULTURAL BIOTECHNOLOGY IN DEVELOPING REGIONS II-34Developing Regions - In the Shadow of Developed Nations II-34Biotech Research Initiatives II-34Asia-Pacific Markets - Keen to Enter AgriculturalBiotechnology Field II-35China - Rapidly Embracing Biotechnology II-35India - Biotechnology on Priority II-35Taiwan Promotes Agricultural Biotechnology II-35Thailand - Using Biotechnology to Increase Food Output II-36The Philippines - Rising Consumer Concerns II-36Latin America and the Caribbean - Diverse Applications ofBiotechnology II-36Argentina - Growth Continues II-37Brazil - Second Largest Market in the World II-37Mexico - Positive Approach Towards Biotechnology II-37Costa Rica - Using Biotechnology Right II-37Sub-Saharan Africa - Under Shadow of Food and Poverty Crisis II-38


Consumer Issues and Impacts II-39

Agricultural Issues and Impacts II-39

Benefits to Farmers II-39

Challenges for Farmers II-40

Environmental Issues and Impacts II-40

Environmental Impacts - Cannot be Ignored II-40

Is Biotechnology Beneficial for Environment? II-40

Potential Risks to Environment II-40

Cross Pollination II-40

Effects on Non-Target Varieties II-41

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