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Conclusion: Recreating Democracy

Dennis Doyle and Takahashi Kelso

in Engineering Trouble

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780520237612
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520937499 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520237612.003.0011
Conclusion: Recreating Democracy

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The contributors to this book have explored some of the diverse mechanisms by which genetic engineering is changing the relationships of humans with the rest of nature, the character of commodity production, and conflicts over the content of food. Activists have successfully broadened the discussion about genetically engineered goods by leveraging the role of consumers. The degree of ecological risk depends on a number of factors, including the extent to which fertile transgenic fish escape into the ecosystems of wild fish. The economic benefits of output-increasing genetically engineered organisms, whether fish or crops, will likely go primarily to the firms that own the patents on the organisms and to the producers who are early adopters of the technologies. Genetic engineering has increased at a rapid pace and has introduced significant transformations, so that the horizon is rushing toward a complex array of potential benefits and risks for humankind.

Keywords: genetic engineering; ecological risk; genetically engineered organisms; transgenic fish; ecosystems; economics; producers; consumers; technologies

Chapter.  6779 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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