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A presentation on the Social Science Perspectives on Biotechnology was made in October, 2002 at the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Annual Convention in Louisville by Professors Lori Gorkavitch and Valerie Askren covered a number of ethical issues related to biotech and agriculture.  A handout for teachers and students also covers important aspects of this topic.  

Centers and Institutes

  • Center for the Study of Bioethics
  • Center for Applied Ethics
  • National Reference Center for Bioethics Literature
  • Eubios Ethics Institute
  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Educational Materials
  • Genetically Modified Crops: The Ethical and Social Issues
  • Studyweb Links for Learning Science - Ethics
Intellectual Property Issues
  • Among the important Ethical and Social Issues is the availability of the technology to farmers in the developing world and for subsistence crops and humanitarian purposes.  A Public Intellectual Property Resource for Agriculture (PIPRA) has been established to make agricultural technologies more easily available for such purposes.
  • The African Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF) based in Nairobi has been established to facilitate transfer and broad application of proprietary technology to improve food security in sub-Saharan Africa.