Research Handbook on Climate Change and Agricultural Law
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Research Handbook on Climate Change and Agricultural Law

Edited by Mary Jane Angelo and Anél Du Plesis

Bringing together scholars from across the globe, this timely book astutely untangles the climate-food web and critically explores the nexus between climate change, agriculture and law, upon which food security and climate resilient development depends.
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Chapter 7: Genetically modified food crops in an era of climate change: an answer in search of a problem

Rebecca M Bratspies


This chapter addresses two specific narratives about genetically-modified organisms in an era of changing climate – the putative role for genetically-engineered crops in adaptation to climate change, and the putative role for genetic engineering as a mitigation strategy to reduce the climate change trajectory. This chapter takes up each set of claims in turn, examining how genetically-engineered crops might, or might not, be part of a climate change solution. Key Words: GMOs, climate change, genetic engineering, agricultural biotechnology, climate mitigation, climate adaptation, sustainability

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