In the past two decades, GMOs have come to dominate the American diet. Advocates hail them as the future of food, an enhanced method of crop breeding that can help feed an ever-increasing global population and adapt to a rapidly changing environment. Critics, meanwhile, call for their banishment, insisting GMOs were designed by overeager scientists and greedy corporations to bolster an industrial food system that forces us to rely on cheap, unhealthy, processed food so they can turn an easy profit. In response, health-conscious brands such as Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods have started boasting that they are “GMO-free,” and companies like Monsanto have become villains in the eyes of average consumers.
Where can we turn for the truth? Are GMOs an astounding scientific breakthrough destined to end world hunger? Or are they simply a way for giant companies to control a problematic food system?
Environmental writer McKay Jenkins traveled across the country to answer these questions and discovered that the GMO controversy is more complicated than meets the eye. He interviewed dozens of people on all sides of the debate—scientists hoping to engineer new crops that could provide nutrients to people in the developing world, Hawaiian papaya farmers who credit GMOs with saving their livelihoods, and local farmers in Maryland who are redefining what it means to be “sustainable.” The result is a comprehensive, nuanced examination of the state of our food system and a much-needed guide for consumers to help them make more informed choices about what to eat for their next meal.
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The road we have traveled to our current state of eating is actually a very long, interconnected highway. After World War II, American national security strategists decided that protecting the homeland required building a network of broad interstates that mirrored the German Autobahn. This monumental road-building project—now close to 47,000 miles long—was initially conceived as a way to efficiently move troops and military machinery, but it has also had dramatic peacetime consequences for the American landscape, and for the American diet.
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Table of Contents
Prologue: Square Tomatoes 1
Part 1 Roots
1 Are GMOs Safe? Is That The Right Question? 17
2 The Long, Paved Road to Industrial Food, and the Disappearance of the American Farmer 47
3 Mapping and Engineering and Playing Prometheus 77
Part 2 Seeds
4 The Fruit That Saved an Island 109
5 Trouble in Paradise 123
6 Fighting for That Which Feeds Us 149
Part 3 Fruit
7 Feeding the World 179
8 The Plant That Started Civilization, and the Plant That Could Save It 207
9 Can GMOs Be Sustainable? 231
10 The Farm Next Door 251
Epilogue: Getting Our Hands Dirty 275