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Most Americans eat genetically modified food on a daily basis, but few of us are aware were eating something that has been altered. Meanwhile, consumers abroad refuse to buy our engineered crops; their groceries are labeled so that everyone knows if the contents have been modified. Whats going on here? Why does the U.S. government treat engineered foods so differently from the rest of the world?

Eating in the Dark tells the story of how these new foods quietly entered Americas food supply. Kathleen Hart explores biotechnologys real potential to enhance nutrition and cut farmers expenses. She also reveals the process by which American government agencies decided not to label genetically modified food, and not to require biotech companies to perform even basic safety tests on their products. Combining a balanced perspective with a sense of urgency, Eating in the Dark is a captivating and important story account of the science and politics propelling the genetic alteration of our food.

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In this balanced and thoroughly researched report, Kathleen Hart explores one of the most important issues of today: the safety of the food we eat on a daily basis.

By 2000, more than sixty percent of the soybeans and thirty percent of the corn harvested in America were genetically engineered either to produce or withstand heavy doses of pesticide. But, because the FDA and USDA have not demanded that genetically modified food be labeled, most of us don't even know what we're eating. What's more, most of this food has not been subjected to basic safety testing. Meanwhile, consumers abroad are refusing to buy this same engineered food. Vital and alarming, Eating in the Dark gives an unbiased account of all sides of this crucial issue, a captivating story of business, science, and politics.

Synopsis:

Most Americans eat genetically modified food on a daily basis, but few of us are aware we're eating something that has been altered. Meanwhile, consumers abroad refuse to buy our engineered crops; their groceries are labeled so that everyone knows if the contents have been modified. What's going on here? Why does the U.S. government treat engineered foods so differently from the rest of the world?

Eating in the Dark tells the story of how these new foods quietly entered America's food supply. Kathleen Hart explores biotechnology's real potential to enhance nutrition and cut farmers' expenses. She also reveals the process by which American government agencies decided not to label genetically modified food, and not to require biotech companies to perform even basic safety tests on their products. Combining a balanced perspective with a sense of urgency, Eating in the Dark is a captivating and important story account of the science and politics propelling the genetic alteration of our food.

About the Author

Kathleen Hart is a journalist who has been writing about health and the environment for more than sixteen years. She has covered agriculture and biotechnology for Food Chemical News and has reported on nuclear power and nonproliferation for McGraw-Hills Nucleonics Week. Her articles have appeared in the Boston Globe and the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and other publications. She has been a guest on numerous television and radio stations, including National Public Radio and C-SPAN. She lives in Washington, D.C.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375724985
Author:
Hart, Kathleen
Publisher:
Vintage
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Food Science
Subject:
Biotechnology
Subject:
Genetically modified foods
Subject:
Life Sciences - Genetics & Genomics
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Biology-Genetics
Subject:
food;science;non-fiction
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Series Volume:
no. 275
Publication Date:
20030831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.01x5.18x.76 in. .55 lbs.

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Product details 352 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9780375724985 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In this balanced and thoroughly researched report, Kathleen Hart explores one of the most important issues of today: the safety of the food we eat on a daily basis.

By 2000, more than sixty percent of the soybeans and thirty percent of the corn harvested in America were genetically engineered either to produce or withstand heavy doses of pesticide. But, because the FDA and USDA have not demanded that genetically modified food be labeled, most of us don't even know what we're eating. What's more, most of this food has not been subjected to basic safety testing. Meanwhile, consumers abroad are refusing to buy this same engineered food. Vital and alarming, Eating in the Dark gives an unbiased account of all sides of this crucial issue, a captivating story of business, science, and politics.

"Synopsis" by , Most Americans eat genetically modified food on a daily basis, but few of us are aware we're eating something that has been altered. Meanwhile, consumers abroad refuse to buy our engineered crops; their groceries are labeled so that everyone knows if the contents have been modified. What's going on here? Why does the U.S. government treat engineered foods so differently from the rest of the world?

Eating in the Dark tells the story of how these new foods quietly entered America's food supply. Kathleen Hart explores biotechnology's real potential to enhance nutrition and cut farmers' expenses. She also reveals the process by which American government agencies decided not to label genetically modified food, and not to require biotech companies to perform even basic safety tests on their products. Combining a balanced perspective with a sense of urgency, Eating in the Dark is a captivating and important story account of the science and politics propelling the genetic alteration of our food.

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