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Food, Inc.: Mendel to Monsanto--The Promises and Perils of the Biotech Harvest

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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.

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. Mendel¹s 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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743267632
Author:
Pringle, Peter
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Author:
Pri
Author:
ngle, Peter
Subject:
General science
Subject:
Nutrition
Subject:
Food Science
Subject:
Food
Subject:
Agriculture - Agronomy
Subject:
Biotechnology
Subject:
Life Sciences - Genetics & Genomics
Subject:
Agricultural biotechnology
Subject:
Genetically modified foods
Subject:
Science Reference-Technology
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
20050231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 7.63 oz

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