Seminar: socio-economics of GM biofortification

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12-03-2020 from 09:00 to 10:30
Jozef Schell Seminar Room, VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology, Technologiepark-Zwijnaarde 71, 9052 Ghent
Prof. Hans De Steur
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Seminar by Prof. Hans De Steur at the VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biotechnology.


Genetic modification (GM) has been advocated as an alternative or complement to micronutrient interventions such as supplementation, fortification or dietary diversification.

While proof-of-concept of various GM biofortified crops looks promising, the decision tree of policy makers is much more complex, and requires insight on their socio-economic impacts. Will it actually work? Is it financially sound? Will people accept it? Can it be implemented in a globalized world?

In the light of the possible commercialization of Golden Rice in the near future, this seminar will discuss the market potential of these and other GM biofortified crops. Thereby, evidence will be presented from different socio-economic case-studies.