Synopses & Reviews
The rapidly advancing field of biotechnology is developing powerful techniques for manipulating the fundamentals of life, including the food we eat. Proponents hail these developments as welcome new methods of improving the nutritional value of our food and of ensuring that it is protected from disease and pests. Opponents vehemently resist this scientific tampering with nature in its pristine state, and fear that dire consequences, like unforeseen new diseases or environmental catastrophes, will result from the creation of "Franken-foods."
This lively collection of authoritative articles encompasses the many points of contention in the debate. The editors have organized the essays to deal first with the history and the science of genetically modified foods. The next section focuses on the morality of modifying organisms for human use. What factors should be considered in making value judgments about this technology? Succeeding sections include articles discussing religious attitudes toward genetically modified food, legal issues involving patenting and environmental damage, risk assessment, and possible environmental threats and benefits.
Complete with a glossary and suggestions for further reading, this outstanding collection of recently published and brand new articles serves as a comprehensive introduction to an important technology with worldwide social consequences.
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About the Author
Steve Romaine (Fairfield, CT), now an independent consultant, has held high-level consulting and managerial positions with KPMG Consulting, The Monitor Company, NationsBank, Informed Technology Decisions, and IBM.
Table of Contents
Reith lecture 2000 / HRH the Prince of Wales -- An open letter to Prince Charles / Richard Dawkins -- Biotechnolgoy food : from the lab to a debacle / Kurt Eichenwald et al. -- The green revolution strikes gold / Mary Lou Guerinot -- Engineering the Provitamin A (gbs-carotene) biosynthetic pathway in (carotenoid-free) rice endosperm / Xudong Ye et al. -- Genetically engineered "golden rice" is fool's gold / Greenpeace -- Golden rice and the Greenpeace dilemma / Ingo Potrykus -- Golden rice hoax : when public relations replace science / Vandana Shiva -- Open letter to Greenpeace / Gordon Conway -- Bioethics issues in a biobased economy / Paul B. Thompson -- Real and metaphorical moral limits in the biotech debate / Marc A. Saner -- Food for thought : the primacy of the moral in the GMO debate / David Magnus and Arthur Caplan -- Ethics and genetically modified foods / Gary Comstock -- Jubilee of the agricultural world / Pope John Paul II -- Genetically modified crops / Joe N. Perry -- Genetically modified food and Jewish law (Halakhah) / Carl Feit -- Franken- : a monstrous prefix is stalking Europe / William Safire -- Biotech foods : right to know what? / Peter Spence -- Uninformation and the choice paradox / Alan McHughen -- Intellectual property rights in genetically modified agriculture : the shock of the not-so-new / Jack Wilson -- Merging business and ethics : new models for using biotechnological intellectual property / E. Richard Gold -- Returning to normal : can corrective justice be achieved when genetically modified salmon escape and do damage? / Keith Culver -- The concept of substantial equivalence : its historical development and current use / Nick Tomlinson -- Substantial equivalence : its uses and abuses / Henry Miller -- Genetic engineering and the allergy issue / Bob B. Buchanan -- Applications of biotechnology to crops : benefits and risks / Gabrielle J. Persley and James N. Siedow -- The tragedy of the commoners : biotechnology and its publics : Ambuj Sagar, Arthur Daemmrich, and Mona Ashiya -- Risk prevention and the political control of genetic engineering : lessons from a participatory technology assessment on transgenic herbicide-resistant crops / Wolfgang van den Daele -- Protecting the environment : from nucleons to nucleotides / Florence Dagicour -- Applying the precautionary principle to genetically modified crops / Indur M. Goklany -- Precaution without principle / Henry I. Miller and Gregory Conko -- 'Twixt cup and lip : biotechnology and resource-poor farmers / Robert Tripp -- Why Africa needs agricultural biotech / Florence Wambugu -- Bridging the genetic divide / Calestous Juma and Karen Fang -- When transgenes wander, should we worry? / Norman C. Ellstrand -- GM crops and equivocal environmental benefits / Brian Johnson and Anna Hope -- Much food, many problems / Anthony Trewavas.