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Agricultural Biotechnology : Implications on the Food Supply Chain and Food Safety


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Title: Agricultural Biotechnology : Implications on the Food Supply Chain and Food Safety
Authors: Umali, Celia L.
Issue Date: 26-Sep-2005
Citation: 經營と經濟. vol.85(1-2), p.87-113; 2005
Abstract: This paper analyses the goals and focuses of agricultural biotechnology as well as the attitudes toward food safety in the North (advanced countries) and the South (developing countries) amid the rapid adoption and commercialization of biotech foods worldwide. In advanced countries like the US, EU nations and Japan, the agricultural biotechnology industry is well-organized with advanced and cutting edge technology and they have strong national agricultural research systems and well-placed regulatory frameworks. Here too the consumers are very knowledgeable, sophisticated and demanding so there is pressure for all supply chain agents to provide them with safe food. In developing countries of Asia for example, on the other hand, the agricultural biotech industry is still in the infant stage where much of the R&D are done by public institutions to address more pressing needs such as poverty, malnutrition and food security. Price is still a determining factor in the purchase decisions of consumers and the food supply chain and the regulatory framework in developing countries are still weak. In harmony with the international and regional agreements on food safety, proactively, it is important for developing countries in Asia that are rapidly growing and preparing to commercialize biotech foods(e.g. GMOs), to have in place measures so that food safety is assured throughout the supply chain.
Keywords: Food supply chain / food safety / agricultural biotechnology
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10069/6877
ISSN: 02869101
Type: Departmental Bulletin Paper
Appears in Collections:Volume 85, No. 1-2

Citable URI : http://hdl.handle.net/10069/6877

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