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Pandora's Picnic Basket: The Potential and Hazards of Genetically Modified Foods

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Did you know that there are fish genes in some tomatoes? That Brazil nut genes in soybeans can result in potentially lethal allergic reactions? That rapeseed plants bred to be resistant to herbicides could become uncontrollable superweeds? Genetically modified foods do pose real risks, and in recent years they have become the focus of a pitched battle between scientists, entrepreneurs, consumer advocates, and environmentalists. Yet despite the great heat generated by the debate, there is very little real information on the subject, either about the technologies in use or about the regulatory processes established to protect us from potentially dangerous products.

Pandora's Picnic Basket explains, in clear and direct language, the technologies underlying genetically modified food, comparing them with other "natural" methods of plant breeding and production. Researcher Alan McHughen evaluates the safeguards in place from regulators around the world and asks whether these are sufficient. In particular, he examines the question of labeling, held by some to be an obvious way to help protect consumers, and addresses the honesty and usefulness of some of these labels. Throughout the book, McHughen offers fair-minded, well-informed accounts of issues of real concern, particularly environmental issues, and he outlines ways in which consumers can avoid genetically modified food if they so choose. The author uses question-and-answer boxes to address key issues and real case histories to illustrate the development and regulation of genetically modified food.

Genetically modified foods are increasingly available to the public. Pandora's Picnic Basket will help consumers make informed choices about this controversial technology.

Synopsis:

Written in clear and direct language, this book takes an even-handed look at genetically modified foods, revealing both their risks and benefits. The author uses question-and-answer boxes to address key issues and real case histories to illustrate the development and regulation of this new technology. 4 line illustrations. 4 halftones.

About the Author

Alan McHughen is a Senior Research Scientist at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, and Chair of the International Biosafety Advisory Committee of the Genetics Society of Canada. He himself has developed genetically modified plants and therefore has first-hand experience of the technologies involved and the regulatory processes in all countries.

Table of Contents

Preface


Protecting your turf: intellectual property and GM technology; Conclusion; Bibliography; Glossary; Index


Product Details

ISBN:
9780198506744
Subtitle:
The Potential and Hazards of Genetically Modified Foods
Author:
McHughen, Alan
Author:
McHughen, Alan
Author:
null, Alan
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Location:
New York, N.Y.
Subject:
Public Health
Subject:
Food Content Guides
Subject:
Nutrition
Subject:
Food
Subject:
Biotechnology
Subject:
Plant breeding
Subject:
Agriculture | Biotechnology
Subject:
Agriculture | Biotechnology and Plant Breeding
Subject:
Transgenic plants.
Subject:
Genetically modified foods
Subject:
Agriculture | Biotechnology & Plant Breeding
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
1961
Publication Date:
20000914
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 line illus, 2 halftones
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.8 x 6.2 x 1 in 1.4 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Written in clear and direct language, this book takes an even-handed look at genetically modified foods, revealing both their risks and benefits. The author uses question-and-answer boxes to address key issues and real case histories to illustrate the development and regulation of this new technology. 4 line illustrations. 4 halftones.
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