Genetically Modified Foods: Debating Biotechnology(Contemporary Issues Series) / Edition 1

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Finally, the real story about corporate America with its increased reliance on consultants. Since the 1990s, consulting solutions have become the de facto standard for solving business problems and providing cover for corporate decision makers. This is not the typical CEO whitewash, or business management primer. Steve Romaine offers a view never before shared with management or stockholders as he takes a hired gun's journey beginning at the outside looking in, and ending at the pinnacle of a corporation's power.

Based on his experience of working for IBM, his later role as a self-employed consultant, and finally his responsibilities as senior vice president for NationsBank, Romaine makes it clear that the issues leading to the collapse of Enron were not isolated events. Soldier of Fortune 500 explores corporate cronyism between executives and their consultants, and builds a convincing case of how, without the proper safeguards, such cozy relationships can lead to pervasive problems, placing stockholders, employees, and the future viability of the American corporation at risk.

This book is a must read for corporate managers, employees, and anyone involved with the consulting business.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573929967
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 11/28/2002
  • Series: Contemporary Issues Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 350
  • Sales rank: 483,800
  • Product dimensions: 5.32 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet 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.

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Table of Contents

Editors' Introduction 9
Reith Lecture 2000 11
An Open Letter to Prince Charles 16
Editors' General Introduction 21
Pt. 1 Biotechnology Case Study: Golden Rice
1 Biotechnology Food: From the Lab to a Debacle 31
2 The Green Revolution Strikes Gold 41
3 Engineering the Provitamin A ([beta]-Carotene) Biosynthetic Pathway into (Carotenoid-Free) Rice Endosperm 45
4 Genetically Engineered "Golden Rice" Is Fool's Gold 52
5 Golden Rice and the Greenpeace Dilemma 55
6 Golden Rice Hoax: When Public Relations Replace Science 58
7 Open Letter to Greenpeace 63
Pt. 2 Ethics in Agriculture
8 Bioethics Issues in a Biobased Economy 68
9 Real and Metaphorical Moral Limits in the Biotech Debate 77
10 Food for Thought: The Primacy of the Moral in the GMO Debate 80
11 Ethics and Genetically Modified Foods 88
Pt. 3 Religion
12 Jubilee of the Agricultural World 111
13 Genetically Modified Crops 115
14 Genetically Modified Food and Jewish Law (Halakhah) 123
Pt. 4 Labeling
15 Franken-: A Monstrous Prefix Is Stalking Europe 133
16 Biotech Foods: Right to Know What? 135
17 Uninformation and the Choice Paradox 142
Pt. 5 Law
18 Intellectual Property Rights in Genetically Modified Agriculture: The Shock of the Not-So-New 151
19 Merging Business and Ethics: New Models for Using Biotechnological Intellectual Property 163
20 Returning to Normal: Can Corrective Justice Be Achieved When Genetically Modified Salmon Escape and Do Damage? 182
Pt. 6 Food Safety and Substantial Equivalence
21 The Concept of Substantial Equivalence: Its Historical Development and Current Use 201
22 Substantial Equivalence: Its Uses and Abuses 207
23 Genetic Engineering and the Allergy Issue 213
Pt. 7 Risk Assessment and Public Perception
24 Applications of Biotechnology to Crops: Benefits and Risks 221
25 The Tragedy of the Commoners: Biotechnology and Its Publics 234
26 Risk Prevention and the Political Control of Genetic Engineering: Lessons from a Participatory Technology Assessment on Transgenic Herbicide-resistant Crops 242
Pt. 8 Precautionary Principle and Genetically Modified Foods
27 Protecting the Environment: From Nucleons to Nucleotides 251
28 Applying the Precautionary Principle to Genetically Modified Crops 265
29 Precaution without Principle 292
Pt. 9 Developing Countries
30 'Twixt Cup and Lip: Biotechnology and Resource-poor Farmers 301
31 Why Africa Needs Agricultural Biotech 304
32 Bridging the Genetic Divide 309
Pt. 10 Assessing Environmental Impacts
33 When Transgenes Wander, Should We Worry? 325
34 GM Crops and Equivocal Environmental Benefits 331
35 Much Food, Many Problems 335
Glossary 343
Suggestions for Further Reading 351
Contributors 353
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