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Survival for a Small Planet The Sustainable Development Agenda by Tom Bigg
  

Survival for a Small Planet The Sustainable Development Agenda

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Survival for a Small Planet The Sustainable Development Agenda by Tom Bigg

Few scientific developments have given rise to as much controversy as biotechnology. Numerous groups are united in their opposition, expressing concern over environmental and health risks, impacts on rural livelihoods, the economic dominance of multinational companies and the ethical implications of crossing species boundaries. Among the supporters of the technology are those that believe in its potential to enhance food security, further economic development, increase productivity and reduce environmental pressures. As a result, countries - and sectors within countries - find themselves at odds with each other while potential opportunities for development offered by the use of biotechnology are seized or missed, and related risks go unmanaged. This book, a unique interdisciplinary collection of perspectives from the developing world, examines the ongoing debate. Writing for the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, leading experts address issues such as diffusion of technology, intellectual property rights, the Cartagena Protocol, impacts of international trade, capacity building and biotechnology research and regulation. With the most recent and relevant examples from around the world, Trading in Genes offers the reader a single-volume overview of the connections between biotechnology, trade and sustainability that is both wide-ranging and thorough.

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It is essential reading and a vital source for all those involved in researching and implementing sustainability at all levels and in all placed.
Environment Business



'What we need from global leaders and stakeholders in the years following WSSD is a genuine commitment to the implementation of agreed policies and programmes that can overcome the obstacle of non-delivery since Rio. The potential is there for us to realize the vision of an equitable and prosperous society in balance with the resources and ecosystems of our planet. I believe that this book can help us to make real progress towards that goal'
From the foreword by Mohammad Valli Moosa, Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, South Africa

About the Author

Tom Bigg is a Senior Researcher at the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).

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Book Info

Publication date

3rd December 2003

Author

Tom Bigg

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Publisher

Earthscan Ltd an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd

Format

Paperback
384 pages

Categories

Environmentalist thought & ideology
Sustainability

ISBN

9781844070770

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