Conclusions

There are several forceful and rapidly moving processes occurring globally that will affect the management, and ultimately the status, of biotechnology and biodiversity. In this chapter we have given an overview of some of the major social, political, and economic forces that we believe will shape the way in with the two "bios" will co-evolve with humankind. Of course, the processes we have focused upon here are not the only ones which will affect how biotechnology and biodiversity issues are resolved, and their relative importance will vary among countries. Climate change could have a major impact on the demand for agricultural technology, as well as international agricultural supply and production, and thus affect both biodiversity and biotechnology.

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