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Lawrence Busch

University Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Co-Director, Center for the Study of Standards in Society, Michigan State University

Lawrence Busch is University Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for the Study of Standards in Society at Michigan State University. He has been on the faculty at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Lancaster University (UK), and what is now the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD).

He is (co)author or (co)editor of 12 books, including Plants, Power and Profit: Social, Economic, and Ethical Consequences of the New Biotechnologies (Blackwell, 1991); Toward a New Political Economy of Agriculture (Westview, 1991); From Columbus to Conagra: The Globalization of Agriculture (University of Kansas Press, 1994); Making Nature, Shaping Culture: Plant Biodiversity in Global Context (University of Nebraska Press, 1995); The Eclipse of Morality: Science, State and Market (Aldine DeGruyter, 2000); Agricultural Standards: The Shape Of The Global Food And Fiber System (Springer, 2006); Universities in the Age of Corporate Science: The UC Berkeley–Novartis Controversy (Temple University Press, 2007); and Standards: Recipes for Reality (MIT Press, 2011). He has also authored or coauthored more than 150 other publications.

Dr. Busch is past president of both the Rural So ciological Society and th e Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society; a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole, and an elected member of the Académie d’Agriculture de France. He recently received a doctor honoris causa from the Universidade Técnica de Lisboa.

Dr. Busch’s current interests in clude the use of standards in public and private policy making, biotechnology and nanotechnology policy, agricultural science and technology policy, higher education in agriculture, and public participation in the policy process.

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Making the 'People's University': Exploring the Civic Mission of Public Land Grant Universities and Cooperative Extension

Lawrence Busch

Held February 22, 2013

Includes video