Special Issue "Biotechnology and Sustainable Development"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2011)
Dr. Philipp Aerni
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) FAO-NRD, Room B.565, Via delle Terme di Caracalla, 00153 Rome, Italy
Institute for Environmental Decisions and Collegium Helveticum at ETH Zurich ETH-Zentrum (SOL E5), CH-8092 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41 44 632 53 08
Fax: +41 44 632 10 86
Interests: agricultural biotechnology; sustainable agriculture; political economy; environmental economics; stakeholder attitudes; consumer behavior; science and moral education
Technological change is often portrayed as a threat to sustainable development because it creates risk and uncertainty and makes social planning difficult. This politically popular rhetoric starts from the baseline assumption that nature conservation is better than technical innovation. But this defensive view might even pose a bigger risk for a sustainable future on this planet because the practices and technologies we use today might not be able to cope with the sustainability challenge we will face in the near future. An experimental approach is required to find out how economic growth can be reconciled with social and environmental sustainability through technological innovation. In this context, the modern tools of biotechnology have a great potential. They could play an important role in climate change mitigation (e.g. nutrient-efficient plants) and adaptation (e.g. drought-tolerant plants), renewable energies, biodegradable products, agro-biodiversity conversation, rural development and global food security.
Yet, the success of biotechnology depends on adequate institutional support that encourages public and private actors to collaborate in efforts to address sustainability problems and to tailor the technology to local needs. At the same time, it requires a progressive view in science. Such a progressive view of sustainable development unites social scientists, ecologists and molecular biologists in their joint objective to combine the potential of new technologies with existing sustainable practices.
In this issue, we would like to invite scholars who have embraced such an interdisciplinary and progressive approach in their research activities and have achieved promising results. Moreover we welcome contributions from practitioners who have been involved in successful public-private partnerships in the field of biotechnology and sustainable development.Dr. Philipp Aerni
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- technological change
- institutional economics
- rural development
- genetic engineering
- industrial ecology
- public-private partnerships
- climate change
- food security
Sustainability 2011, 3(5), 743-762; doi:10.3390/su3050743
Received: 11 February 2011; in revised form: 15 April 2011 / Accepted: 3 May 2011 / Published: 10 May 2011| Download PDF Full-text (480 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Article: Modern Biotechnology—Potential Contribution and Challenges for Sustainable Food Production in Sub-Saharan Africa
Sustainability 2011, 3(6), 809-822; doi:10.3390/su3060809
Received: 26 March 2011; in revised form: 26 May 2011 / Accepted: 31 May 2011 / Published: 8 June 2011| Download PDF Full-text (221 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Sustainability 2011, 3(6), 847-874; doi:10.3390/su3060847
Received: 2 May 2011; in revised form: 7 June 2011 / Accepted: 7 June 2011 / Published: 17 June 2011| Download PDF Full-text (293 KB) | Download XML Full-text |
Correction: Correction: The Theory and Practice of Genetically Engineered Crops and Agricultural Sustainability Sustainability 2011, 3, 847-874
Sustainability 2011, 3(7), 955-956; doi:10.3390/su3070955
Received: 2 May 2011; in revised form: 7 June 2011 / Accepted: 7 June 2011 / Published: 30 June 2011| Download PDF Full-text (58 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Sustainability 2011, 3(7), 1064-1073; doi:10.3390/su3071064
Received: 1 July 2011 / Accepted: 12 July 2011 / Published: 20 July 2011| Download PDF Full-text (104 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Review: Enhancing Sustainability of Cotton Production Systems in West Africa: A Summary of Empirical Evidence from Burkina Faso
Sustainability 2011, 3(8), 1136-1169; doi:10.3390/su3081136
Received: 13 June 2011; in revised form: 13 July 2011 / Accepted: 20 July 2011 / Published: 28 July 2011| Download PDF Full-text (1447 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Review: Benefits and Costs of Biologically Contained Genetically Modified Tomatoes and Eggplants in Italy and Spain
Sustainability 2011, 3(8), 1265-1281; doi:10.3390/su3081265
Received: 22 April 2011; in revised form: 22 June 2011 / Accepted: 12 August 2011 / Published: 22 August 2011| Download PDF Full-text (350 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Article: Do Political Attitudes Affect Consumer Choice? Evidence from a Large-Scale Field Study with Genetically Modified Bread in Switzerland
Sustainability 2011, 3(9), 1555-1572; doi:10.3390/su3091555
Received: 12 August 2011; in revised form: 13 September 2011 / Accepted: 13 September 2011 / Published: 22 September 2011| Download PDF Full-text (570 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Article: Potential Impact of Biotechnology on Adaption of Agriculture to Climate Change: The Case of Drought Tolerant Rice Breeding in Asia
Sustainability 2011, 3(10), 1723-1741; doi:10.3390/su3101723
Received: 2 August 2011; in revised form: 14 September 2011 / Accepted: 19 September 2011 / Published: 30 September 2011| Download PDF Full-text (177 KB) | Download XML Full-text
Last update: 15 September 2011