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By Heather Sheehy (auth.), Bartha M. Knoppers, Alan D. Mathios (eds.)

Biotechnology is a quickly constructing quarter of the economic climate for coun­ attempts during the global. This fast improvement has ended in heated debate over its hazards and merits. Advocates of biotechnology element to the capability advantages provided by means of items that promise to elimi­ nate sickness, supply for extra effective diagnostic suggestions, remedies and medication, yield elevated nutrition creation, etc. Others worry that the speedy advancements of this know-how have happened with out acceptable attention having been given to the moral ramifications, the aptitude wellbeing and fitness hazards and long term envi­ ronmental affects, implications for source of revenue distribution, and strength for abuse. shoppers and manufacturers proportion trouble for the way forward for biotechnology: the realities or even the perceptions, proficient or differently. This booklet is the result of a study undertaking on Biotechnology and the patron backed by means of the place of work of buyer Affairs of Canada. The undertaking was once designed to foster trained public coverage on biotechnology and specifically, to give a contribution to and tell the Canadian government's improvement of a Canadian Biotechnology process. The workplace funded a bunch of authors to organize a chain of analytical papers on various patron and informational concerns regarding biotechnology. This venture additionally concerned an period in-between workshop within which the authors awarded their papers, and culmi­ nated in a symposium on Biotechnology and the shopper curiosity, hung on September 24-25, 1997, in Ottawa, Canada.

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The rationale in this case was not political expediency but potential profits. At the other end of the spectrum, special-interest groups often have something to gain by exaggerating the dangers of new technologies. Francis (1995) cites several examples of cases in which statistics were misused for special-cause purposes. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reported that 200 million tons of pesticides were applied in California in 1989. The actual tonnage, according to Francis, was 42,000.

Ottawa: Industry Canada. Pigeon, A. (1996). Consumers and the marketplace for information. Draft. Prepared for the Office of Consumer Affairs. Ottawa: Industry Canada. Varian, H. R. (1996). Economic issues facing the internet. L. 3007A, Holland Cross, Tower A, Suite 709, Ottawa, Ontario, KIA OK9, Canada. ca. At the time of writing she was with the Office of Consumer Affairs, Industry Canada. Marc Legault is a Senior Policy Analyst, International Investment and Services Policy, Industry Canada, 235 Queen Street, Room 502B, Ottawa, Ontario, KIA OH5, Canada.

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