IPCC AR5 overlooked the potential of unleashing agricultural biotechnology to combat climate change and poverty.


David Zilberman


agricultural biotechnology, climate change, genetically engineered, greenhouse gas emissions, IPCC


Global Change Biology

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Policy Summary

This paper argues that the role of agricultural biotechnology in mitigating climate change has been ignored in the latest IPCC report, despite a growing body of literature that shows that genetic engineering (GE) has already contributed to a reduction in GHG emissions. The paper argues that GE provides powerful tools to meet the challenges of climate change and address problems of poverty, but some nations that express the greatest concerns about climate change are also establishing regulations and a political environment that inhibits the utilization and growth of GE.

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