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Main Title Food, inc. : Mendel to Monsanto--the promises and perils of the biotech harvest /
Author Pringle, Peter,
Publisher Simon & Schuster,
Year Published 2003
OCLC Number 51817455
ISBN 0743226119; 9780743226110
Subjects Agricultural biotechnology ; Genetically modified foods ; Food--Biotechnology ; Food, Genetically Modified ; Gentechnisch ver anderter Organismus ; Gentechnisch ver andertes Lebensmittel ; Pflanzenz uchtung ; Food industry ; Genetic engineering
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ENAM  S494.5.B563P74 2003 Region 7 Library, Kansas City, KS 08/15/2003 DISPERSAL
Collation ix, 239 pages ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Mendel's little secret -- Seeds of gold -- The plague of sameness -- A new sort of tomato -- The battle of basmati -- Of cauliflower, potatoes, and snowdrops -- Anatomy of a poisoned butterfly -- The plant hunters -- The cornfields of Oaxaca -- So shall we reap. For most people, the global war over genetically modified foods is a distant and confusing one. The battles are conducted in the mystifying language of genetics. A handful of corporate "life science" giants, such as Monsanto, are pitted against a worldwide network of anticorporate ecowarriors like Greenpeace. And yet the possible benefits of biotech agriculture to our food supply are too vital to be left to either partisan. The companies claim to be leading a new agricultural revolution that will save the world with crops modified to survive frost, drought, pests, and plague. The greens warn that "playing God" with plant genes is dangerous. It could create new allergies, upset ecosystems, destroy biodiversity, and produce uncontrollable mutations. Worst of all, the antibiotech forces say, a single food conglomerate could end up telling us what to eat. In Food, Inc., acclaimed journalist Peter Pringle shows how both sides in this overheated conflict have made false promises, engaged in propaganda science, and indulged in fear-mongering. In this urgent dispatch, he suggests that a fertile partnership between consumers, corporations, scientists, and farmers could still allow the biotech harvest to reach its full potential in helping to overcome the problem of world hunger, providing nutritious food and keeping the environment healthy.