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Engineering the Farm: The Social and Ethical Aspects of Agricultural Biotechnology

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Engineering the Farm offers a wide-ranging examination of the social and ethical issues surrounding the production and consumption of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), with leading thinkers and activists taking a broad theoretical approach to the subject. Topics covered include:
  • the historical roots of the anti-biotechnology movement
  • ethical issues involved in introducing genetically altered crops
  • questions of patenting and labeling
  • the "precautionary principle" and its role in the regulation of GMOs
  • effects of genetic modification on the world's food supply
  • ecological concerns and impacts on traditional varieties of domesticated crops
  • potential health effects of GMOs

Contributors argue that the scope, scale, and size of the present venture in crop modification is so vast and intensive that a thoroughgoing review of agricultural biotechnology must consider its global, moral, cultural, and ecological impacts as well as its effects on individual consumers. Throughout, they argue that more research is needed on genetically modified food and that consumers are entitled to specific information about how food products have been developed.

Despite its increasing role in worldwide food production, little has been written about the broader social and ethical implications of GMOs. Engineering the Farm offers a unique approach to the subject for academics, activists, and policymakers involved with questions of environmental policy, ethics, agriculture, environmental health, and related fields.

Synopsis:

Engineering the Farm is a wide-ranging examination of the social and ethical issues surrounding the production and consumption of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), with leading thinkers and activists taking a broad theoretical approach to the subject. Contributors argue that the scope, scale, and size of the present venture in crop modification is so vast and intensive that a thoroughgoing review of agricultural biotechnology must consider its global, moral, cultural, and ecological impacts as well as its effects on individual consumers.

About the Author

Britt Bailey is a senior associate at the Center for Ethics and Toxics in Gualala, California, and is co-author of "Against the Grain: Biotechnology and the Corporate Takeover of Your Food" (Common Courage Press, 1998).

Marc Lappe is director of the Center for Ethics and Toxics in Gualala, California, and co-author of "Against the Grain: Biotechnology and the Corporate Takeover of Your Food" (Common Courage Press, 1998).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Preface

 

Introduction: GMOs, Luddites,and Concerned Citizens

Chapter 1. Ethical Issues Involving the Production, Planting, and Distribution of Genetically Modified Crops

Chapter 2. Why Food Biotechnology Needs an Opt Out

Chapter 3. A Naturalist Looks at Agricultural Biotechnology

Chapter 4. When Transgenes Wander, Should We Worry?

Chapter 5. Patents, Plants, and People: The Need for a New Ethical Paradigm

Chapter 6. Taking Seriously the Claim that Genetic Engineering Could End Hunger: A Critical Analysis

Chapter 7. The European Response to GM Foods: Rethinking Food Governance

Chapter 8. A Societal Role for Assessing the Safety of Bioengineered Foods

Chapter 9. Learning to Speak Ethics in Technological Debates

Chapter 10. A Perspective on Anti-biotechnology Convictions

Afterword: The Biotech Distraction

 

Appendix A: In Defense of the Precautionary Principle

Appendix B: A Declaration of Bioethics and Agricultural Biotechnology

Notes

About the Contributors

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781559639460
Editor:
Bailey, Britt
Editor:
Lappe, Marc
Editor:
Lappe, Marc
Editor:
Lappe, Marc; Bailey, Britt
Editor:
Bailey, Britt; Lappe, Marc
Editor:
Bailey, Britt
Author:
Lappe, Marc
Author:
Bailey, Britt
Publisher:
Island Press
Subject:
Philosophy & Social Aspects
Subject:
Biotechnology
Subject:
Genetic engineering
Subject:
Agricultural biotechnology
Subject:
Agriculture & Animal Husbandry - General
Subject:
Agriculture - General
Subject:
Agriculture - Sustainable Agriculture
Subject:
TEC003070
Subject:
Genetic engineering -- Social aspects.
Subject:
Science Reference-Philosophy of Science
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20020531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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