WHAT IS MUCH LESS CERTAIN While the list of things we don’t know is necessarily far longer than the previous list, the AC21 would like to focus on some of the key uncertainties whose outcomes could directly shape the future for agricultural products, including biotechnology products.
A broad variety of events could have a strong positive or negative impact on the public’s perception of the application of biotechnology to agriculture. Potentially, these range from rapid global adoption and support for biotechnology from countries like China, Brazil, Russia, India, etc. and rapid production of biotechnology products to issues that could negatively impact biotechnology acceptance like acts of bioterrorism (directed toward agriculture or not) to the emergence of significant new agricultural diseases that cannot be controlled through conventional means. Regional famines could require significantly increasing food aid shipments. Accidents involving contamination of the food supply with a product(s) not intended or appropriate for use in food could have serious consequences.