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Designer Food: Mutant Harvest or Breadbasket for the World?by Gregory E. Pence
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Absolutely everyone must eat. Every day each one of us makes decisions about what to eat and what not to eat. Food is the substance that gives us life. So when food is genetically modified, the very core of life changes, and indirectly, we change. Naturalists argue for a return to a simpler life free from the effects of genetically modified food. Global progressives feel scientific knowledge should be used to improve the food supply for the benefit of human life . The heated debate between opposing sides affects both governmental and corporate policies. Our very existence could hang in the balance. In Designer Food, Gregory E. Pence attempts to remove the conceptual rubbish on this newly forming topic. He sifts through the passionate beliefs that both global scientists and organic farmers choose. In searching for a common ground between the opposing views, Pence hopes to sort out the arguments and help create an informed source on this important new issue. Visit our website for sample chapters!
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Pence, who teaches bioethics in the department of philosophy in the School of Medicine at the U. of Alabama in Birmingham, provides a one- sided argument on genetically modified (GM) foods, coming down resoundingly in their favor. A proponent of the argument that GM foods will prevent famine, he argues that GM foods, with the "chemically intense fertilizers" they require, are more appropriate than organic methods to eliminate mass starvation. He is emphatic too that GM technology will not reduce biodiversity. These and similar arguments are connected in places to ideas from philosophy and metaphysics that Pence contends govern them and, presumably, their validity.
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Absolutely everyone must eat. People decide several times a day what to eat and what not to eat, and the personal issue about genetically modified food is whether it is safe to eat not only in the moment, but over the long-run. Designer Food addresses these and other pressing questions surrounding the ethics of genetically modified food in the premier, single authored commentary on the subject. Beginning with a thorough chronicling of GM Food's rise to fame first in England and later in North America, the book considers such issues as the symbolic importance of food, world hunger, food terrorism and sabatoge, and democratic public participation in the growing debate surrounding genetically modified food.
One of America's most sought-after experts on bioethics takes a hard look at the pros and cons of genetically modified food. This book asks if its promise to feed the world make genetic modification acceptable.
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