What is EMAC?

The Economics and Management of Agrobiotechnology Center (EMAC) is a research institute devoted to the study of the effects of biotechnology on agriculture, food production and value chains. EMAC provides rigorous, data-based analysis of economic, management and policy issues affecting decision-making in agricultural biotechnology.

Why was EMAC formed?

The University of Missouri, which has a long tradition in agricultural research and a significant commitment to life sciences research, formed EMAC in 1998 to help develop, analyze and share information regarding the economics and management of agricultural biotechnology.

What are EMAC’s main activities?

1. Research and Analysis: EMAC provides in-depth analysis on the economic and social forces arising from and affecting the use of biotechnology in the agrifood industry.

2. Training and Outreach: EMAC provides evidence based training programs and fosters ongoing exchange of information and opinion among a worldwide network of academics, analysts and public and private decision-makers in agricultural biotechnology through roundtables, conferences and other outreach programs.

3. Publishing: Via the web, EMAC fosters the development of relevant peer-reviewed evidence and timely interaction among experts through its publication of AgBioForum — leading journal, which deals with socioeconomic issues related to agricultural biotechnology.

How is EMAC funded?

EMAC is funded by the University of Missouri-Columbia and through various competitive grants.