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African Crop Science Journal
African Crop Science Society
ISSN: 1021-9730
EISSN: 1021-9730
Vol. 3, No. 2, 1995, pp. 181-184
Bioline Code: cs95024
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
Document available free of charge

African Crop Science Journal, Vol. 3, No. 2, 1995, pp. 181-184

 en Issues, Concerns, and Strategies in Addressing Biosafety
Kebede, Yilma


Biotechnology guidelines and policies are essential to creating public and political confidence, encourage future investment and reduce fears and scepticism. We need to be aware of technologies that could be detrimental and encourage those that are potentially useful. Thus, the over-regulation of the science need not carry the day but be tempered with caution. Most new technologies have gone through phases of caution and remain under regulation, and most technological advancements are not inherently bad but unanticipated misuse or side effects could bring many into disrepute. Fear of the unknown has forced us to evaluate advances in technology for any unintended side effects. Gatherings, such as this conference on sorghum biosafety, are important in creating awareness, sorting out issues, and arriving at some consensus. Countries in the developing world are in the proccess of developing safety regulations, thus the opportunity is ripe for coordination and harmonization of regulations. The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA) is in a unique position to implement this process through capacity building and information exchange. There is interest in biotechnology companies in this regard and Pioneer Overseas Corporation has been contributing to the ISAAA initiative.

Biotechnology guidelines, ISAAA, sorghum

Kebede, Yilma


Les lignes directrices et les politiques de biotechnologie sont essentielles pour creer une confiance publique et politique, encourager des investissements futurs et reduire la peur et le scepticisme. Il est bon de connaitre les technologies qui peuvent s'averer nuisibles et celles qui sont potentiellement utiles afin de les utiliser avec prudence. La plupart de technologies ont depasse la phase d'utilisation avec prudence; elles sont sous controlees et les plus avancees ne sont pas necessairement mauvaises saul en cas de mauvaise utilisation occasionnant des effets secondaires indesirables. Les reunions telles que cette conference sur la biosecurite du sorgho sont des occasions de sensibilisation pour discuter du probleme et arriver a un consensus. Comme les pays en voie de developpement sont dans le processus de mise en place de reglements de biosecurite, le moment est donc propice pour coordonner et harmoniser les reglements. Le service International d'Aquisition des Applications de l'Agrobiotechnologie (ISAAA) est tres bien place pour realiser ce processus par le developpement de sa capacite et l'echange d'information. A cet egard, compagnies de biotechnologies et les corporations pionieres etrangeres ont commence a contribuer l'initiative de l'ISAAA.

Mots Clés
Lignes directrices de biotechnologie, ISAAA, sorgho

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