Keywords: agricultural biotechnology, food biotechnology, international trade conflict, politics, regulations, developing countries
Causes and consequences of international trade conflict over agricultural biotechnology
This article shows why and how differences across countries in agri-biotech regulation create tensions in the world trading system. It explores how these tensions could develop into full-blown trade conflicts. It also assesses the consequences of such trade conflicts for biotechnology and for developing countries. Stripped of all analytical caveats, the prognosis is rather pessimistic. The potential for escalation is high and the implications of escalation for agri-biotechnology as such, and for developing countries, are bound to be negative.