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The GM Debate – Who Decides?

Genetically modified crop plants are being developed and adopted around the world at a rapid pace.  Yet the use of GM technology is agriculture is highly controversial and the debate tends to be polarized.  This report presents

•    A review of the literature and research on GM crops
•    Case studies of the GM debate in five developing countries – Brazil, India, Kenya, Thailand and Zambia
•    An analysis of coverage of GM issues in the print media in these five countries.

It asks who has access to the people with the power to decide, who is being left out of the GM debate, and how is the media covering the GM controversy.  This report offers a balanced view of the GM debate.  However, it could have gone further and analysed the influence of finance on making decisions about GM technology.

Ehsan Masood (2005),  The GM Debate – Who Decides? An analysis of decision-making about genetically modified crops in developing countries. Panos Report No 49, External Relations Unit, Panos London, 9 White Lion Street, London N1 9PD, UK. Tel: +44 (0)20 7278 1111. Fax: +44 (0)20 7278 0345. email: media@panos.org.uk. www.panos.org.uk

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