Food Fray: Inside the Controversy over Genetically Modified Food

Food Fray: Inside the Controversy over Genetically Modified Food

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by Lisa H. Weasel
     
 

Heralded as both the quick, painless solution to solving world hunger and the scourge of modern science—a dangerous tampering with nature and the decimation of traditional crops and communities—genetically modified foods have triggered volatile debates and deeply contradictory dialogues the world over.

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Overview

Heralded as both the quick, painless solution to solving world hunger and the scourge of modern science—a dangerous tampering with nature and the decimation of traditional crops and communities—genetically modified foods have triggered volatile debates and deeply contradictory dialogues the world over.

Food Fray cuts through the complex science, boiling passions, and ethical dilemmas to provide an impressive history of every significant development in the GM food story, as well as an even-handed assessment of both its potential benefits and negative consequences. Meticulously researched, yet lively and entertaining, the author travels the globe to gather the perspectives of scientists, activists, consumers, government officials, and others, as she uncovers possible answers to difficult questions:

• Do GM crops encourage a dangerous dependence on bioengineered seeds, chemical fertilizers, and toxic pesticides? Or can they solve the food scarcity problems that plague mankind?

• Will the world’s major staple crops be controlled by a handful of countries and corporations? Or could the increased income that GM yields bring to small farmers provide the key to the prosperity of poor nations?

• Will this promising science, played out against a landscape of growing consumer fear, shoddy corporate practices, and loose government regulation, ultimately be squashed? Or will biotechnology continue to develop in ways that ensure the health and prosperity of many—not just the profits of a few?

Advance Praise for Food Fray

“In a book brimming with insight, Lisa Weasel brings a truly global perspective, informed by on-the-ground research, to one of the most crucial ethical and environmental issues of our time. For anyone concerned about food security, global justice, and human health, Food Fray is indispensable.”

       Dr. Gregory Hill, President, Institute for Culture and Ecology

“In Food Fray, Lisa Weasel offers a compelling and balanced account of the battles over genetically modified food. It arrives just as the world is refocusing on the issue of hunger. Questioning the role of GM food as a silver bullet, she offers a nuanced and cautionary tale that should be heeded as this agricultural technology roars ahead.” 

    – Samuel Fromartz, author of Organic, Inc.: Natural Foods and How They Grew

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814401644
Publisher:
AMACOM Books
Publication date:
12/10/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
17 Years

Meet the Author

Lisa H. Weasel, Ph.D.(Portland, OR) is a renowned scientist who received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study the issue of genetically modified foods. She is currently a tenured associate Professor of Biology at Portland State University in Oregon and a member of Governor Ted Kulongoski’s task force on developing public policy for bio-pharmaceutical crops in Oregon.

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1 — Food Fight: The Historical Roots of the GM

Food Debate

Chapter 2 — Out of the Swamps and Up from the Soil: DNA

at the Dinner Table

Chapter 3 — Of Politics and Precaution: ‘‘Frankenfood’’

Frenzy in Europe

Chapter 4 — A Kinder, Gentler GM: Will Biotech Seeds Save

the World?

Chapter 5 — Feast or Famine? The Politics of GM Food Aid

in Africa

Chapter 6—‘‘Our Seeds Know Our Soil’’: Knowledge, Power,

and Resistance to GM Food in India

Chapter 7 — The Scent of GM Papaya: The Rough Road to

Biotech Rice

Chapter 8 — Got Hormones? Engineering the Nation’s Milk

Supply

Chapter 9 — From Pharm to Fuel: The Future of GM Food

Conclusion: The Ongoing Battle Over GM Food

Notes

Index

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