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Abstract

This study argues that biotechnologies have a fundamental impact on the structure of the food system. On the supply side they are responsible for establishing new relations between the different food sectors and within the international organisation of the food system as a whole. Biotechnologies also potentially provide techniques for a more flexible response to demand patterns increasingly based on scientific nutritional criteria. The study considers first the specific features of food production which set it apart from other industrial systems and which account for the importance of biotechnologies. This is followed by an analysis of the relation between food and the chemicals/pharmaceuticals sectors, the latter being the principal agents of biotechnology. The varied responses of different sectors within food production and the consequent shift in the international organisation of the food system are analysed. The European food sectors are then considered both in terms of their position within the world markets and their response to new patterns of demand. Finally, North-South food relations are examined and particularly the place of biotechnologies, both in terms of industrial strategy and public policy.

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Authors: WILKINSON J FEDERAL UNIVERSITY, RIO DE JANEIRO (BR), FEDERAL UNIVERSITY, RIO DE JANEIRO (BR)
Bibliographic Reference: BOOK: EUR 11958 EN (1987) 125 PP. CEC BRUXELLES, DG XII/H/2 (BE)
Record Number: 1989128050200 / Last updated on: 1990-11-09
Category: PUBLICATION
Available languages: en