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Tomorrow's Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food


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ISBN13: 9780195301755
ISBN10: 0195301757
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By the year 2050, Earth's population will double. If we continue with current farming practices, vast amounts of wilderness will be lost, millions of birds and billions of insects will die, and the public will lose billions of dollars as a consequence of environmental degradation. Clearly, there must be a better way to meet the need for increased food production.

Written as part memoir, part instruction, and part contemplation, Tomorrow's Table argues that a judicious blend of two important strands of agriculture--genetic engineering and organic farming--is key to helping feed the world's growing population in an ecologically balanced manner. Pamela Ronald, a geneticist, and her husband, Raoul Adamchak, an organic farmer, take the reader inside their lives for roughly a year, allowing us to look over their shoulders so that we can see what geneticists and organic farmers actually do. The reader sees the problems that farmers face, trying to provide larger yields without resorting to expensive or environmentally hazardous chemicals, a problem that will loom larger and larger as the century progresses. They learn how organic farmers and geneticists address these problems.

This book is for consumers, farmers, and policy decision makers who want to make food choices and policy that will support ecologically responsible farming practices. It is also for anyone who wants accurate information about organic farming, genetic engineering, and their potential impacts on human health and the environment.

About the Author

Pamela C. Ronald is a Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of California, Davis. Her laboratory has genetically engineered rice for resistance to diseases and flooding. Her work has been published in Science, Nature, and other scientific periodicals and has also been featured in newspapers including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Le Monde. She is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Raoul Adamchak has grown organic crops for twenty years, part of the time as a partner in Full Belly Farm, a private 150-acre organic vegetable farm. He has inspected over one hundred organic farms as an inspector for California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) and served as a member and President of CCOF's Board of Directors. He now works at the U.C., Davis as the Market Garden Coordinator at the certified organic farm on campus.

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deanna.knoll, November 12, 2008 (view all comments by deanna.knoll)
A husband/wife team up to provide a fresh look at farming in today's world. One is a genetic scientist, the other, an organic farmer. A great juxtaposition of the scientific with the practical.
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Ronald, Pamela C.
Oxford University Press, USA
null, Pamela C.
null, R. W.
Adamchak, R. W.
Adamchak, Raoul W.
Plant breeding
Agriculture | Biotechnology
Organic farming
Food Science
Life Sciences - Botany
Agriculture | Biotechnology and Plant Breeding
Agriculture - Organic
Agriculture - Agronomy - Crop Science
Genetic engineering
nt Breeding
Agriculture | Biotechnology & Plant Breeding
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Professional and scholarly
7 b/w halftones and 1 line illus.
6.4 x 9.3 x 1 in 1.031 lb

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