Socio-Economic Considerations in Biotechnology Regulation

  • Karinne Ludlow
  • Stuart J. Smyth
  • José Falck-Zepeda

Part of the Natural Resource Management and Policy book series (NRMP, volume 37)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Governance of Agricultural Biotechnology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Karinne Ludlow, Stuart J. Smyth, José Falck-Zepeda
      Pages 3-14
    3. Stuart J. Smyth, José Falck-Zepeda, Karinne Ludlow
      Pages 15-36
  3. Analysis of Socio-Economic Considerations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
    2. José Falck-Zepeda, Melinda Smale
      Pages 55-66
    3. Vivian Moses, Siglinde Fischer
      Pages 67-79
    4. Justus Wesseler, Richard Smart
      Pages 81-95
    5. Paul B. Thompson
      Pages 97-107
    6. Debra M. Strauss
      Pages 109-123
    7. Martina Newell-McGloughlin
      Pages 125-143
    8. José Falck-Zepeda, Patricia Zambrano, Melinda Smale
      Pages 145-158
    9. Peter WB Phillips
      Pages 159-175
    10. Charles Lawson
      Pages 177-188
    11. Marnus Gouse
      Pages 189-200
    12. Crina Viju
      Pages 201-213
    13. Guillaume P. Gruère
      Pages 215-227
    14. Ari Novy, Latha Nagarajan
      Pages 229-246
    15. Alexandra Coe
      Pages 247-258
    16. Leslie J. Butler
      Pages 259-273
  4. Navigating the Challenges

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 275-275
    2. Karinne Ludlow, Stuart J. Smyth, José Falck-Zepeda
      Pages 277-293
    3. Karinne Ludlow, Stuart J. Smyth, José Falck-Zepeda
      Pages 295-305
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 307-313

About this book


Within the context of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (CPB) was established as an implementing agreement. The CPB is an international agreement establishing the rights of recipient countries to be notified of and to approve or reject the domestic import and/or production of living modified organisms (LMOs). Decisions regarding import/production are to be on the basis of a biosafety assessment. Article 26.1 of the CPB allows for the (optional) inclusion of socio-economic considerations (SECs) into that biosafety assessment process. This book compiles expert assessments of the issues relevant to SEC assessment of LMOs and fundamental for decisions regarding whether to undertake such assessments at all. It includes an overview of the inclusion of SEC assessment in the regulation of LMOs that looks at the rationale for the inclusion of SECs, in the context of the existing science-based risk assessment systems. This book reviews the various factors that can and have been suggested for inclusion in SEC assessment, and provides a meaningful dialogue about the contrasts, benefits and tradeoffs that are, and will, be created by the potential move to the inclusion of SECs in the regulation of LMOs, making it of interest to both academics and policy-makers.


Agriculture Biosafety Cartagena Protocol Genetic Modification LMO SEC

Editors and affiliations

  • Karinne Ludlow
    • 1
  • Stuart J. Smyth
    • 2
  • José Falck-Zepeda
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of LawMonash UniversityVICAustralia
  2. 2.University of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada
  3. 3.International Food Policy Research Inst.Washington, DCUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-9439-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-9440-9
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