Engineering Trouble: Biotechnology and Its Discontents / Edition 1

Engineering Trouble: Biotechnology and Its Discontents / Edition 1

by Rachel A. Schurman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0520237617

ISBN-13: 9780520237612

Pub. Date: 10/06/2003

Publisher: University of California Press

Talk of genetically engineered organisms (GEOs) has moved from the hushed corridors of life science corporations to the front pages of the world’s major newspapers. As Europeans began rejecting genetically engineered foods in the marketplace, the StarLink corn incident exploded in the United States and farmers set fire to genetically modified crops in

Overview

Talk of genetically engineered organisms (GEOs) has moved from the hushed corridors of life science corporations to the front pages of the world’s major newspapers. As Europeans began rejecting genetically engineered foods in the marketplace, the StarLink corn incident exploded in the United States and farmers set fire to genetically modified crops in
India. Citizens and consumers have become increasingly aware of and troubled by the issues surrounding these new technologies. Considering cases from agriculture, food, forestry, and pharmaceuticals, this book examines some of the most pressing questions raised by genetic engineering. What determines whether GEOs enter the food supply, and how are such decisions being made? How is the biotechnology industry using its power to reshape food, fiber, and pharmaceutical production, and how are citizen-activists challenging these initiatives? And what are the social and political consequences of global differences over GEOs?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520237612
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/06/2003
Pages:
325
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.88(d)
Lexile:
1610L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction. Biotechnology in the New Millennium: Technological Change, Institutional Change, and Political Struggle

Rachel A. Schurman

1. Wonderful Potencies? Deep Structure and the Problem of Monopoly in Agricultural Biotechnology

William Boyd

2. Building a Better Tree: Genetic Engineering and Fiber Farming in Oregon and Washington

W. Scott Prudham

3. The Migration of Salmon from Nature to Biotechnology

Dennis Doyle Takahashi Kelso

4. Making Biotech History: Social Resistance to Agricultural Biotechnology and the Future of the Biotechnology Industry

Rachel A. Schurman and William A. Munro

5. Eating Risk: The Politics of Labeling Genetically Engineered Foods

Julie Guthman

6. The Global Politics of GEOs: The Achilles' Heel of the Globalization Regime?

Frederick H. Buttel

7. Biotech Battles: Plants, Power, and Intellectual Property in the New Global Governance Regimes

Kathleen McAfee

8. From Molecules to Medicines: The Use of Genetic Resources in Pharmaceutical Research

Astrid J. Scholz

9. The Brave New Worlds of Agricultural Technoscience: Changing Perspectives, Recurrent Themes, and New Research Directions in Agro-Food Studies

David Goodman

Conclusion. Recreating Democracy

Dennis Doyle Takahashi Kelso

Glossary

Contributors

Bibliography

Index

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