Seeds of Contention: World Hunger and the Global Controversy over GM Crops / Edition 1 available in Paperback
In Seeds of Contention: World Hunger and the Global Controversy over GM Crops, development specialists Per Pinstrup-Andersen and Ebbe Schioler focus attention on the less discussed issues of the potential benefits and costs of genetically modified crops for developing countries. Pinstrup-Andersen and Schioler review the basic issues and discuss the potential that such crops have for addressing the great needs of poor and undernourished peoples throughout the world. They explain how increased agricultural productivity is not enough in addressing the problem of famine. People in developing countries need crops that are disease-resistant, can fend off insect predators, and can withstand severe environmental conditions in order to produce larger crop yields.
Pinstrup-Andersen and Schioler are sober in their assessment of these prospects, for they acknowledge that GM crops alone will not solve the world's food problem. They argue, however, that they may be one element in the solution and that people in developing countries should have information about benefits and risks of GM crops and the free-dom to make their own decisions about whether or not to grow and consume them.
|Publisher:||International Food Policy Research Institute|
|Series:||International Food Policy Research Institute Series|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)|
About the Author
Per Pinstrup-Andersen is director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute. Ebbe Schiøler is a consultant in research and development issues primarily related to agriculture.
International Food Policy Research Institute
Table of Contents
|Introduction: What Is the Debate All About?||1|
|1||Agricultural Research: Making a Difference in People's Lives||7|
|2||The Expanding Boundaries of Research: Risks and Benefits||32|
|3||What Is Wrong with More of the Same?||57|
|5||Can the Poor Benefit from Genetically Modified Foods?||86|
|6||Who Sets the Agenda?||106|
|7||Moving Forward: Handle with Care||127|
What People are Saying About This
This book presents a balanced perspective on the potential benefits and risks of modern biotechnology for developing-country food and agriculture and suggests action to reduce risks and increase benefits. It is an excellent and highly welcome addition to the ongoing debate on biotechnology and GM foods.
A timely contribution on an important issue. It is great to have an unemotional, broad-based assessment of genetically modified crops.