Transgenic corn has been the subject of public debate in Mexico for years now. This study case is remarkable in a developing country where not much attention is paid to science and technology. However, we can witness the cultural power of corn in this society, following the public debate about introduction of transgenic corn to Mexico. We can learn from this case how different social agents intermingle different discourses and the role of Media in technological debates: Scientists: with academic articles on the subject and opinions in the Media. Scientific organizations: Mexican Academy of Science and international scientific organisations have participated in the debate. International Magazines: Nature has accepted and rejected later research results. Federal government: a special commission has been appointed to deal with this matter. Mexican Parliament: a special law has been passed for bio-security. NGOs: Greenpeace has been very active in the controversy.
|Keywords:||Transgenic Corn, Technology Debate, Public Understanding of Technology|
Director for Research and Graduate Studies, Vicepresidency for Research and Technological Development, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
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