Research is never free of pressures and constraints and to understand its results properly these have to be assessed and analyzed. In agriculture, research into biotechnology and GMOs, as well as pesticides and herbicides, is big business - agribusiness. This book looks at the crucial roles of funding and the political context on the research agenda and its results in agricultural development. It provides a critical evaluation of the participatory methods now widely used and explores the ways in which research into biotechnology have reflected the interests of the various parties involved.
'An excellent book.' Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 'the book is aimed at a wide audience, and should appeal to people and organizations with an interest in food, agriculture, rural development, and research, and the philosophical and ethical questions that surround these important themes.' Biological Agriculture & Horticulture
Introduction * What Drives Agricultural Research? * From Jethro Tull to Grain Mountains: The Origins and Development of Agricultural Research Systems * Agriculture and the Empire: Transferring Technocracies * Modern Times: Agribusiness and Biotechnology * The Rise (and Further Rise?) of Participation * A Compromised Participation? * References * Index