Vol. 10 No. 2-3 (2016)
Articles

Synthetic biology applied in the agrifood sector: Societal priorities and pitfalls

Published August 1, 2016
L.J. Frewer
Food and Society Group, AFRD, Newcastle University
D. Coles
Food and Society Group, AFRD, Newcastle University; Centre for Professional Ethics, UCLAN School of Health Brook
A.M. Dijkstra
Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences, University of Twente
S. Kuznesof
Food and Society Group, AFRD, Newcastle University
H. Kendall
Food and Society Group, AFRD, Newcastle University
G. Kaptan
Leeds University Business School, Leeds University Business School, Maurice Keyworth Building, The University of Leeds
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APA

Frewer, L., Coles , D. ., Dijkstra, A., Kuznesof, S., Kendall, H., & Kaptan, G. (2016). Synthetic biology applied in the agrifood sector: Societal priorities and pitfalls. Applied Studies in Agribusiness and Commerce, 10(2-3), 89–95. https://doi.org/10.19041/APSTRACT/2016/2-3/10

Synthetic biology offers potential for innovation in the agrifood sector, although concerns have been raised consumer rejection of applications will occur similar to that associated with the introduction of genetically modified foods. Risk-benefit assessment should address socio-economic, as well as health and environmental impacts. Ethical issues may be of particular relevance to the application synthetic biology, and may also resonate with societal concerns. A case-by-case analysis of relevant issues may be needed, and innovation must be driven by societal and consumer preferences as well as technological possibilities. Research into consumer and societal priorities is required early in the innovation trajectory.