Author Dimitris Drisis Presents the Challenge of Food Security and Analyses the Main Dimensions of the Debate on Green Biotechnology

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“A Technology for the ‘Base of the Pyramid’” is an invitation to evaluate the risks and rewards of green biotechnology in the light of economics, biology, physics, ethics and philosophy

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As the battle to ensure food security continues to rage, many are looking into green biotechnology as a viable solution. According to “green biotechnology or plant biotechnology involves the introduction of foreign genes into economically important plant species, resulting in crop improvement and the production of novel products in plants”. Grounded on 16 years of professional experience in the agriscience industry, author Dimitris Drisis examines this form of technology in the light of economics, biology, physics, ethics and philosophy. His efforts are documented in A Technology for the ‘Base of the Pyramid’.

In his book, Drisis presents an original view that looks Plant Biotechnology in an optimistic manner and through the spectrum of an old social theory where science and public interest coexist in a harmonious way. It is informative on the social role of Agricultural Technology to feed the world, but also provides to scientists and managers in the industry an applied way to solve ethical dilemmas with the introduction of a new technology.    

Drisis emphasizes, though, that his work is not intended to prove whether the risks are real or hypothetical. Rather, his publication is intended to present the social issues that are involved in the public acceptance of this new technology. As Drisis discusses these considerations, different sides of the argument are brought to light. Drisis’ unique and multi-disciplinary approach makes for a thought-provoking and insightful experience where readers are invited to study and decide on the matter for themselves.

Timely and necessary, A Technology for the ‘Base of the Pyramid’ is a unique addition to the pressing issue of food security and the different possible solutions that science has to offer.
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About the Author
Dimitris Drisis was born in Kavala, Greece in 1969. His early exposure to Malthusian Economics by his father, the social role of agriculture to feed a growing population, his affinity to nature and his fascination with the work of Norman Borlaug created the right motivation mix to study Agronomy, unusual for a city boy. His postgraduate studies were in Masters Business Administration, postgraduate qualifications in Marketing Management and Doctor in Business Administration with a doctoral thesis in the technology vs. society interaction using the profound and popular example of agricultural or green biotechnology.

Drisis resides in Switzerland, he is a private employee and in his free time writes for the specialised press, cycles, hikes and enjoys social life. He is married and a father of a 9-year-old daughter.

A Technology for the ‘Base of the Pyramid’ * by Dimitris Drisis
Green biotechnology in the eyes of a scientist, a social researcher, a consumer
Publication Date: April 27, 2012
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