ABOUT THE BOOK
Socio-economic, cultural and ethical considerations related to the use and release of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are important aspects but have received less attention than the risks to the environment, health and biodiversity. This paper identifies some of the potential socio-economic impacts of GMOs and argues that they have to be taken into account as they have serious and far-reaching consequences.
The author calls for the use of socio-economic impact assessment as a tool to guide decisions on research, development, use and release of GMOs, before and during their introduction. This is a participatory and interdisciplinary assessment tool which maps local knowledge in a particular societal context where new technology will be introduced, to help decision-makers weigh the potential benefits and risks of GMOs to different socio-economic spheres. In order to be an effective tool for decision-making, socio-economic impact assessment should be integrated into biosafety policies and processes.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
C Daño is an independent researcher based in
2. TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY
3. SOCIO-ECONOMIC CONSIDERATIONS ‘DEFINED’
4. IMPORTANCE OF ASSESSING SOCIO-ECONOMIC IMPACTS OF GMOs
4.1 Socio-Economic Considerations in Relation to GMOs: Legal Recognition
4.2 Socio-Economic Impact Assessment (SEIA)
5. SOCIO-ECONOMIC CONSIDERATIONS: WHAT TO ASSESS?
5.1 Economic Considerations
5.2 Social Considerations
6. INSTITUTIONALISING THE SEIA
7. SOCIO-ECONOMIC IMPACT ASSESSMENT: GUIDING PRINCIPLES
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