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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.

Book News Annotation:

Bailey and Lapp<'e> (both of the Center for Ethics and Toxics in Gualalo, California) present ten chapters that are deeply critical of contemporary trends promoting the headlong drive for the widespread use of genetic engineering and other biotechnologies, but differ in their relative levels of opposition and proposed solutions. The contributors look at various ethical, political, and legal considerations that they believe should be integrated into any decision making process related to the introduction of biotechnologies. The authors attempt to go beyond the narrow scientific questions that currently characterize the debate, suggesting that the broad issues of social power and our relationship with nature are integral to an understanding of the problem.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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).

Product Details

ISBN:
9781559639477
Editor:
Bailey, Britt
Editor:
Lappe, Marc
Editor:
Bailey, Britt; Lappe, Marc
Editor:
Bailey, Britt
Editor:
Lappe, Marc
Editor:
Lappe, Marc; Bailey, Britt
Author:
Lappe, Marc
Author:
Bailey, Britt
Publisher:
Island Press
Location:
Washington, DC
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
Series Volume:
0845
Publication Date:
20020531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , 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.
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