Seeds in a petrie dish being looked at through a microscope

3 Important Effects of Biotechnology that are Assessed

International organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) state that all GM products currently on the market have met the safety assessment policies of the countries they have been approved in and are “not likely to present risks for human health.”91 As well as research on safety, the WHO also advocates for a holistic assessment of biotechnology, including the social and economic impacts on people and environments in both developed and developing countries.92 In Canada, regulating agencies evaluate biotechnology products for:

  1. The potential effect of the product on human health
  2. The potential effect of the product on livestock animal health
  3. The potential environmental impact of the product93

Companies that create biotechnology products can also take a holistic approach. "Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is defined as the voluntary activities undertaken by a company to operate in an economic, social and environmentally sustainable manner."94 

Many biotechnology companies have corporate social responsibility practices outlined for their organizations. These plans identify company commitments to activities such as conserving natural resources, improving crop efficiency, and addressing global challenges. One of the biggest future challenges will be feeding the global population, which is expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050.95