The environmental impact of plant biotechnology has been widely debated since the first reports of gene transfer to plants in 1982. Three aspects have been emphasized: the potential benefits, the potential risks, and the nature of the conse- quences of gene transfer in general. Much progress has been made in addressing these topics. In North America the first products have come to the market with USDA clearance, and the release of transgenic plants in limited experimental quantities is routine for both private companies and public researchers. The focus is shifting to a measured assessment of specific risks of particular products and to evaluating and capturing the environmental benefits that are on offer.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences|
|Publication status||Published - May 1996|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
- History and Philosophy of Science