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Lords of the Harvest: Biotech, Big Money, and the Future of Food
     

Lords of the Harvest: Biotech, Big Money, and the Future of Food

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by Dan Charles, Brent Wilcox
 

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ISBN-10: 073820773X

ISBN-13: 9780738207735

Pub. Date: 12/17/2002

Publisher: Basic Books


Biotech companies are creating designer crops with strange powers-from cholesterol-reducing soybeans to tobacco plants that act as solar-powered pharmaceutical factories. They promise great benefits: better health for consumers and more productive agriculture. But the vision has a dark side. In Lords of the Harvest, Daniel Charles tells the real story behind

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Biotech companies are creating designer crops with strange powers-from cholesterol-reducing soybeans to tobacco plants that act as solar-powered pharmaceutical factories. They promise great benefits: better health for consumers and more productive agriculture. But the vision has a dark side. In Lords of the Harvest, Daniel Charles tells the real story behind "Frankenstein foods"-the story you won't hear from the biotech companies or their fiercest opponents. He reveals for the first time the cutthroat scientific competition and backroom business deals that led to the first genetically engineered foods. And he exposes the secrets of campaigns on both sides of the Atlantic aimed at bringing down the biotech industry. A riveting tale of boundless ambition, political intrigue, and the quest for knowledge, Lords of the Harvest is ultimately a story of idealism and conflicting dreams about the shape of a better world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738207735
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
12/17/2002
Pages:
348
Sales rank:
725,672
Product dimensions:
5.55(w) x 8.29(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Prologuexi
1The First Transformation1
2Marching on Washington24
3"Everything Was Worth Doing"31
4The First Useful Gene: Bacillus thuringiensis and Its Many Inventors41
5Gifts of God51
6Genes That Love Poisons60
7Triumphs of Tinkering74
8Forces in Opposition92
9Seed Wars109
10The Tomato That Ate Calgene126
11Tremors of Anticipation149
12Summers of Triumph, Summers of Discord171
13Power Plays192
14Backlash205
15The Wheels Come Off230
16The Deluge236
17Global Claims262
18Perched on a Precipice283
19Infinite Horizons289
Epilogue303
Notes on Sources315
Index329

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Lords of the Harvest: Biotech, Big Money, and the Future of Food 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
DMay More than 1 year ago
This one was not what I was looking for, but I was fascinated nevertheless. I was looking for something on agricultural policy, dealing particularly with tarrifs and trade. This one is about the politics and businees of bio-technology. What makes it so interesting is that the author is a good story teller. He is a science correspondent for MPR, and he tells the stories of his subject with the finest techinques of the storyteller's art. The subject itself is interesting from a sociological standpoint and he makes it fascinating with the depth of his research. The last chapter in particular is insightful enough to make the book a worthwile read for those with an interest in the broader aspects of the workings of business, politics, and in particular farming.