Published

11 September 2013

Ethical Issues in New Biotechnology in Agriculture

Mistra Biotech Workshop September 11 in Uppsala, Sweden.

This one-day workshop involves invited speakers plus selected submitted papers. We aim at intensive discussions and exchange on current ethical issues in biotechnology between scholars from the fields of e.g. philosophy, agrarian sciences, economics, ethics, political science, and sociology.

Biotechnologically developed crops are no longer solely focused on agronomic traits, but also on allegedly environmentally beneficial characteristics or consumer health benefits. Also new technologies make it unclear what is to count as a genetically modified organism, both legally and ontologically. Nature and naturalness are still important categories in the discussions about agriculture and ethics. Relatedly, the organic farming movement is ambivalent towards biotechnology, with some regarding it as a possibility and others as a (mere) threat.

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