GMFuturos is a cross-cultural comparative study on the debates, perceptions and practices surrounding GM technologies in Mexico, Brazil and India. Focusing on local communities within these respective countries, the aim of the research is to examine the broader socio-political, cultural, religious and economic context in which GM technologies occur in order to understand the conflict surrounding their development, implementation, and governance and therefore their potential to ‘feed the world’. GM technologies are normally understood according to economic and scientific rationales that do not account for the value-based assumptions implicit within public debates and controversies.
The project will look at how both scientific and non-scientific arguments (social, cultural, religious and ontological) can be considered equally in GM debates through the inclusion of all relevant actors in GM governance. Researchers will conduct case studies within local settings, and will engage small-scale famers, consumers, indigenous and religious groups, women’s associations, NGOs, academics, regulators and agri-businesses in conversations and deliberative settings in order to allow their voices to be heard within GM debates. GMFuturos is a two and a half year project funded by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation.
Contact DetailsDr Susana Carro-Ripalda
Department of Anthropology
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