Superfood or Superthreat: The Issue of Genetically Engineered Food

Superfood or Superthreat: The Issue of Genetically Engineered Food

by Kathlyn Gay
     
 
Genetically engineered food is also known as GE food, biotech food, and genetically modified food. It is made by scientists who insert genes from other organisms to give the animal or crop desirable traits, such as improved size or disease resistance. Some say GE food is dangerous to people and to the environment. Others say it can solve the world's hunger problems.

Overview

Genetically engineered food is also known as GE food, biotech food, and genetically modified food. It is made by scientists who insert genes from other organisms to give the animal or crop desirable traits, such as improved size or disease resistance. Some say GE food is dangerous to people and to the environment. Others say it can solve the world's hunger problems.

In Superfood or Superthreat: The Issue of Genetically Engineered Food, author Kathlyn Gay explains how these foods are developed, produced, and marketed. She explores the viewpoints on both sides of the GE food argument so that readers can make up their own minds on this controversial topic.

Editorial Reviews

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If you were not aware of agribusiness and all that is happening with genetically modified food, then pick up this book. Gay tries to look fairly at the issue from those who support GE (genetically engineered) or GMOs (genetically modified organisms) to those who are vehemently against them. What most people are probably not aware of is the extent to which GMOs are already a part of our food system. Soybeans are an example. Soybeans are the source not only of food but of a host of other products (read The Super Soybean by Raymond Bial). Some of the concerns range from dependence on a single variety resistant to a specific type of insect or weed killer, which in turn could be susceptible to a catastrophic disease; dependence on agribusiness which develops the seeds and prohibits saving and replanting for future years; the introduction of chemicals and other organisms into our bodies which can make us less resistant to current drugs or could cause allergic reactions. Those on the other side point out the GMOs can decrease the amount of pesticides required, increase yields, and provide for a more uniform crop and easier growing and harvesting process. Some European and African countries have banned GMOs saying that they have not been adequately tested and may cause more harm than good. The discussion of regulation and oversight in this country made this reviewer feel that adequate controls are not in place and that big business is really in control. After all the material is presented, Gay ends with the following "Currently, though, there is no evidence that genetic modification of foods will stop�.most of us will have to determine for ourselves the benefits and risks of GE foods."That is not too comforting. There are extensive chapter notes, a glossary, a list of web sites and additional books for further research, and an extensive index. Gay's book, which is part of the "Issues in Focus Today" series, would be a good choice for debate and discussion in any upper elementary or high school classroom.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780766026810
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/28/2007
Series:
Issues in Focus Today Series
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
6.83(w) x 9.32(h) x 0.43(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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