Improving State of the World

Indur M. Goklany

Food Security & Agriculture

 Precautionary Principle

Clearing the Air


  1. The Improving State of the World: Why We're Living Longer, Healthier, More Comfortable Lives on a Cleaner Planet  (Cato Institute, Washington, DC, 2007).
  2. The Precautionary Principle: A Critical Appraisal of Environmental Risk Assessment (Cato Institute, Washington, DC, 2001).

Food Security & Agriculture

Humanity Unbound: How Fossil Fuels Saved Humanity from Nature and Nature from Humanity. Policy Analysis, No. 715, Cato Institute, Washington, DC (2012).

Is Climate Change the Number One Threat to Humanity? Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change (accepted, 2012).

Misled on Climate Change: How the UN IPCC (and others) Exaggerate the Impact of Global Warming, Reason Foundation, Policy Study No. 399, December 2011.

Could Biofuel Policies Increase Death and Disease in Developing Countries? Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons 16 (1): 9–13 (2011).

"Technological Substitution and Augmentation of Ecosystem Services," in: Simon A. Levin et al. (eds.), The Princeton Guide to Ecology (Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2009). Draft.

“Ending Hunger in China.” Correspondence. The Lancet 366: 202-203 (2005).

“Agricultural Technology and the Precautionary Principle.” In R. Meiners and B. Yandle, eds., Agricultural Policy and the Environment (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2003), pp. 107-133.

Testimony on Farm Scale Evaluations of Genetically Modified Herbicide Tolerant Crops to  Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment (ACRE), November 15, 2003.

“Comparing 20th Century Trends in U.S. and Global Agricultural Land and Water Use.” Water International 27 (3, 2002): 321-329.

“Ins and Outs of Organic Farming.” Letter. Science 298 (2002): 1889-1890.

“Will children eat GM rice, or risk blindness from vitamin A deficiency?” British Medical Journal. Letter. Available at (February 9, 2001). (Coauthored with R. Bate & K. Okonski)

“The Future of Food.” Forum for Applied Research and Public Policy 16 (no. 2, 2001): 59-65.

Applying the Precautionary Principle to Genetically Modified Crops. Center for the Study of American Business, Washington University, St. Louis, Mo., USA. Policy Study 157. August 2000.  Also published in: Michael Ruse and David Castle, eds., Genetically Modified Foods: Debating Biotechnology (Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2002), pp. 265-291.

“Precaution Without Perversity: A Comprehensive Application of the Precautionary Principle to Genetically Modified Crops.” Biotechnology Law Report 21 (June 2001): 377-396.

“Agriculture and the Environment: The Pros and Cons of Modern Farming.” PERC Reports 19 (March 2001): 12-14.

“Meeting Global Food Needs: The Environmental Trade-offs Between Increasing Land Conversion and Land Productivity.” In J. Morris and R. Bate, eds., Fearing Food: Risk, Health and Environment (Oxford, UK: Butterworth-Heinemann, 1999), pp. 256-289. Originally published in  Technology (formerly Journal of the Franklin Institute, Part A) 6 (1999): 107-130.12-17.

“Saving Habitat and Conserving Biodiversity on a Crowded Planet.BioScience 48 (1998): 941-953.

“Conserving Habitat, Feeding Humanity.” The Forum on Applied Research and Public Policy 13 (Summer 1998): 51-56.
“Technological Progress Increases Food Production.” In S. Barbour, ed., Hunger: Current Controversies (San Diego, CA: Greenhaven Press, 1995), pp. 118-125. (coauthored with M.W Sprague).

America's Biodiversity Strategy: Actions to Conserve Species and Habitat. U. S. Department of Agriculture and Department of the Interior, 1992. (Coauthored with others).

“Key Issues Related to Sustainable Development: Reconciling Human Demands on Land and Other Natural Resources With Those of Nature.” Background Paper. Department of the Interior, Office of Policy Analysis, October 1993.

Sustaining Development and Biodiversity: Productivity, Efficiency and Conservation, Policy Analysis No. 175, Cato Institute, Washington, DC, 1992. (Coauthored with M.W. Sprague). [Figures not included.]

A Different Approach to Sustainable Development: Conserving Forests, Habitat and Biological Diversity by Increasing the Efficiency and Productivity of Land Utilization. Office of Program Analysis, Department of the Interior, December 1991.(Coauthored with M.W. Sprague).

© 2000 - 2009 powered by