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Genetically modified plants are currently causing controversy worldwide; a great deal has been written about their supposed environmental effects. However, the newspaper headlines and public debates often provide a level of reasoning akin to "this is your brain on genetically modified corn," which is to say, they exclude or exaggerate the actual scientific research on the impacts of these plants. Genetically Modified Planet goes beyond the rhetoric to investigate for concerned consumers the actual state of scientific research on genetically modified plants. Stewart argues that while there are indeed real and potential risks of growing engineered crops, there are also real and overwhelmingly positive environmental benefits.
C.Neal Stewart, Jr.
1. Introduction Catastrophic Calamities and Clucking Cacophonies
2. Crops and Weeds I'ts Hard to Be a Wild Thing When You're Domesticated
3. Plant Biotechnology The Magic of Making GM Plants
4. Gene Flow It's a Weed, It's a Transgene, It's Superweed!
5. Contamination Transgenes in Mexican Corn?
6. Killer Corn Monarch Butterfly Exterminators?
7. Better Living through Biology Not Killing the Good Insects by Accident
8. Bt Resistance Management Getting Off the Treadmill
9. Swap Meet from Heck Trading Sequences between Viruses and Transgenes
10. Superweeds Revisited Tall Stacks of Transgenes and Waffling Gene Flow
11. Green and Greener Environmentalism, Agriculture, and GM Plants
12. Futurama Greenetic Engineering for a Greener Tomorrow
13. Conclusion Out of Right Field and into Home