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The Last Harvest: The Genetic Gamble That Threatens to Destroy American Agriculture
     

The Last Harvest: The Genetic Gamble That Threatens to Destroy American Agriculture

by Paul Raeburn
 

Paul Raeburn, science editor of the Associated Press, gives us an eye-opening account of how the genetic manipulation of American crops threatens our food supply—and what we must do to try to avert this disaster. This Bison Books edition carries a new preface by the author.

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Paul Raeburn, science editor of the Associated Press, gives us an eye-opening account of how the genetic manipulation of American crops threatens our food supply—and what we must do to try to avert this disaster. This Bison Books edition carries a new preface by the author.

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Library Journal
The title of this book by the science editor for the Associated Press refers to the genetic uniformity in crops that leaves them vulnerable to widespread, catastrophic destruction from pests, diseases, or environmental changes. A warning came in 1970 when 15 percent of the corn crop was lost because it had no resistance to a new strain of leaf blight. In order to prevent even worse disasters, Raeburn urges the continuous improvement and diversification of our edible plants with biological resources from seed banks, tropical or other wild regions, genetic engineering, etc. His presentation is well balanced, covering failures as well as successes and historical as well as recent developments. Raeburn illustrated his text with many anecdotes and examples, but he could have organized related material more effectively. Because his book emphasizes issues rather than the underlying science, it will appeal to the general reader. Recommended for public libraries.-Jan Williams, Monsanto Co., St. Louis, Mo.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803289628
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
10/28/1996
Pages:
262
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 8.93(h) x 0.57(d)

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