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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.

Synopsis:

Food battles are conducted in the mystifying language of genetics between a handful of corporate "life science" giants like Monsanto, and a worldwide network of anti-corporate, eco-warriors like Greenpeace. Pringle shows how both sides in this war have made false promises, and engaged in propaganda science, and scare mongering.

Synopsis:

The battles are conducted in the mystifying language of genetics between a handful of corporate "life science" giants, like Monsanto, and a world-wide network of anti-corporate, eco-warriors like Greenpeace.

The companies claim to be leading a new agricultural revolution that will save the world with ingenious new crops modified to survive frost, drought, pests, and plague. The greens warn that "playing God" with plant genes is dangerous: it could cause new allergies, upset ecosystems, destroy biodiversity, and produce uncontrollable mutations. Worst of all, they say, a handful of conglomerates will own our entire food supply.

Pringle shows how both sides in this war have made false promises, and engaged in propaganda science, and scare mongering. He suggests that only with a fertile mixture of partnerships between "life science" corporations and farmers, traditional plant breeding supercharged by genomes, and miracle plants created through genetic engineering, will agriculture reach its full potential in helping to overcome the perennial problem of world hunger.

About the Author

Peter Pringle is the author and coauthor of several books, including the bestselling Those Are Real Bullets, Aren't They? He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The New Republic, and The Nation. He lives in New York City with his wife, Eleanor Randolph, a New York Times editorial writer, and their daughter, Victoria.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

1. Mendel?s Little Secret

2. Seeds of Gold

3. The Plague of Sameness

4. A New Sort of Tomato

5. The Battle of Basmati

6. Of Cauliflower, Potatoes, and Snowdrops

7. Anatomy of a Poisoned Butterfly

8. The Plant Hunters

9. The Cornfields of Oaxaca

10. So Shall We Reap

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

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tamara, January 6, 2007 (view all comments by tamara)
While the book is very educational and thorough, I found it a little dry and sometimes boring. however, this book was a great segue to other food books.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743226110
Subtitle:
Mendel to Monsanto--The Promises and Perils of the Biotech Harvest
Author:
Pringle, Peter
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Nutrition
Subject:
Food
Subject:
Genetics
Subject:
Safety
Subject:
Biotechnology
Subject:
Agricultural biotechnology
Subject:
Genetically modified foods
Subject:
Life Sciences - Genetics & Genomics
Subject:
Nutrition
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
107-784
Publication Date:
20030603
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in 15.168 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Food battles are conducted in the mystifying language of genetics between a handful of corporate "life science" giants like Monsanto, and a worldwide network of anti-corporate, eco-warriors like Greenpeace. Pringle shows how both sides in this war have made false promises, and engaged in propaganda science, and scare mongering.
"Synopsis" by , The battles are conducted in the mystifying language of genetics between a handful of corporate "life science" giants, like Monsanto, and a world-wide network of anti-corporate, eco-warriors like Greenpeace.

The companies claim to be leading a new agricultural revolution that will save the world with ingenious new crops modified to survive frost, drought, pests, and plague. The greens warn that "playing God" with plant genes is dangerous: it could cause new allergies, upset ecosystems, destroy biodiversity, and produce uncontrollable mutations. Worst of all, they say, a handful of conglomerates will own our entire food supply.

Pringle shows how both sides in this war have made false promises, and engaged in propaganda science, and scare mongering. He suggests that only with a fertile mixture of partnerships between "life science" corporations and farmers, traditional plant breeding supercharged by genomes, and miracle plants created through genetic engineering, will agriculture reach its full potential in helping to overcome the perennial problem of world hunger.

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