First the Seed: The Political Economy of Plant Biotechnology (Science and Technology in Society Series) / Edition 2
  • First the Seed: The Political Economy of Plant Biotechnology (Science and Technology in Society Series) / Edition 2
  • First the Seed: The Political Economy of Plant Biotechnology (Science and Technology in Society Series) / Edition 2

First the Seed: The Political Economy of Plant Biotechnology (Science and Technology in Society Series) / Edition 2

by Jack Ralph Kloppenburg Jr.
     
 

ISBN-10: 029919244X

ISBN-13: 9780299192440

Pub. Date: 12/15/2004

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press

First the Seed spotlights the history of plant breeding and shows how efforts to control the seed have shaped the emergence of the agricultural biotechnology industry. This second edition of a classic work in the political economy of science includes an extensive, new chapter updating the analysis to include the most recent developments in the struggle over

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Overview

First the Seed spotlights the history of plant breeding and shows how efforts to control the seed have shaped the emergence of the agricultural biotechnology industry. This second edition of a classic work in the political economy of science includes an extensive, new chapter updating the analysis to include the most recent developments in the struggle over the direction of crop genetic engineering.

1988 Cloth, 1990 Paperback, Cambridge University Press
Winner of the Theodore Saloutos Award of the Agricultural History Society
Winner of the Robert K. Merton Award of the American Sociological Association

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299192440
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
12/15/2004
Series:
Science and Technology in Society
Edition description:
2
Pages:
468
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction1
2Science, agriculture, and social change19
3The genetic foundation of American agriculture50
4Public science ascendant : plant breeding comes of age66
5Heterosis and the social division of labor91
6Plant breeders' rights and the social division of labor : historical perspective130
7Seeds of struggle : plant genetic resources in the world system152
8Outdoing evolution : biotechnology, botany, and business191
9Directions for deployment242
10Conclusion278
11Still the seed : plant biotechnology in the twenty-first century291

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