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Tomorrow's Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food

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By the year 2050, Earth's population will double. If we continue with current farming practices, vast amounts of wilderness will be lost, millions of birds and billions of insects will die, and the public will lose billions of dollars as a consequence of environmental degradation. Clearly, there must be a better way to meet the need for increased food production.

Written as part memoir, part instruction, and part contemplation, Tomorrow's Table argues that a judicious blend of two important strands of agriculture--genetic engineering and organic farming--is key to helping feed the world's growing population in an ecologically balanced manner. Pamela Ronald, a geneticist, and her husband, Raoul Adamchak, an organic farmer, take the reader inside their lives for roughly a year, allowing us to look over their shoulders so that we can see what geneticists and organic farmers actually do. The reader sees the problems that farmers face, trying to provide larger yields without resorting to expensive or environmentally hazardous chemicals, a problem that will loom larger and larger as the century progresses. They learn how organic farmers and geneticists address these problems.

This book is for consumers, farmers, and policy decision makers who want to make food choices and policy that will support ecologically responsible farming practices. It is also for anyone who wants accurate information about organic farming, genetic engineering, and their potential impacts on human health and the environment.

Synopsis:

Written as part memoir, part instruction, and part contemplation, Tomorrow's Table argues that a judicious blend of two important strands of agriculture--genetic engineering and organic farming--is key to helping feed the world's growing population in an ecologically balanced manner. Pamela Ronald, a geneticist, and her husband, Raoul Adamchak, an organic farmer, welcome us into their lives for roughly a year, allowing us to look over their shoulders and see what geneticists and organic farmers actually do. We learn how the couple, who share the goal of a sustainable agriculture, work together to tackle such issues as that of farmers trying to produce higher yields without resorting to environmentally hazardous chemicals--a problem that will loom larger as the world's population increases. A colorfully written, insightful look at genetic engineering and organic farming, this book will interest consumers, farmers, and policy makers.

About the Author

Pamela C. Ronald is a Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of California, Davis.

Raoul Adamchak is the Market-Garden Coordinator at the UC Davis Student Farm.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195393576
Subtitle:
Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food
Author:
Ronald, Pamela C.
Author:
null, R. W.
Author:
Adamchak, Raoul W.
Author:
Adamchak, R. W.
Author:
null, Pamela C.
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Subject:
Agriculture - Organic
Subject:
Agriculture - Agronomy - Crop Science
Subject:
Biotechnology
Subject:
Genetic engineering
Subject:
Organic farming
Subject:
Botany
Subject:
Agriculture | Biotechnology
Subject:
Plant breeding
Subject:
Agriculture | Biotechnology & Plant Breeding
Publication Date:
20100108
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
7 b/w halftones and 1 line illus.
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
6 x 9.1 x 0.7 in 0.75 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Written as part memoir, part instruction, and part contemplation, Tomorrow's Table argues that a judicious blend of two important strands of agriculture--genetic engineering and organic farming--is key to helping feed the world's growing population in an ecologically balanced manner. Pamela Ronald, a geneticist, and her husband, Raoul Adamchak, an organic farmer, welcome us into their lives for roughly a year, allowing us to look over their shoulders and see what geneticists and organic farmers actually do. We learn how the couple, who share the goal of a sustainable agriculture, work together to tackle such issues as that of farmers trying to produce higher yields without resorting to environmentally hazardous chemicals--a problem that will loom larger as the world's population increases. A colorfully written, insightful look at genetic engineering and organic farming, this book will interest consumers, farmers, and policy makers.
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