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Tomorrow's Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food
     

Tomorrow's Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food

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by Pamela C. Ronald, R. W. Adamchak
 

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ISBN-10: 0195393570

ISBN-13: 9780195393576

Pub. Date: 01/08/2010

Publisher: Oxford University Press


By the year 2050, Earth's population will double. If we continue with current farming practices, vast amounts of wilderness will be lost, millions of birds and billions of insects will die, and the public will lose billions of dollars as a consequence of environmental degradation. Clearly, there must be a better way to meet the need for increased food

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By the year 2050, Earth's population will double. If we continue with current farming practices, vast amounts of wilderness will be lost, millions of birds and billions of insects will die, and the public will lose billions of dollars as a consequence of environmental degradation. Clearly, there must be a better way to meet the need for increased food production.

Written as part memoir, part instruction, and part contemplation, Tomorrow's Table argues that a judicious blend of two important strands of agriculture--genetic engineering and organic farming--is key to helping feed the world's growing population in an ecologically balanced manner. Pamela Ronald, a geneticist, and her husband, Raoul Adamchak, an organic farmer, take the reader inside their lives for roughly a year, allowing us to look over their shoulders so that we can see what geneticists and organic farmers actually do. The reader sees the problems that farmers face, trying to provide larger yields without resorting to expensive or environmentally hazardous chemicals, a problem that will loom larger and larger as the century progresses. They learn how organic farmers and geneticists address these problems.

This book is for consumers, farmers, and policy decision makers who want to make food choices and policy that will support ecologically responsible farming practices. It is also for anyone who wants accurate information about organic farming, genetic engineering, and their potential impacts on human health and the environment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195393576
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
01/08/2010
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
512,045
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword   Sir Gordon Conway     vii
About the Authors     xvii
Introduction
Cultivating Rice in Nihe, China and Davis, California (Pam)     3
The Farm
Why Organic Agriculture? (Raoul)     13
The Tools of Organic Agriculture (Raoul)     29
The Lab
The Tools of Genetic Engineering (Pam)     43
Consumers
Legislating Lunch (Pam)     63
Who Can We Trust? (Pam)     81
Is GE Food Risky to Eat? (Pam)     85
The Environment
Conserving Wildlands (Pam)     105
Weeds, Gene Flow, and the Environment (Pam)     115
Ownership
Who Owns the Seed? (Raoul)     127
Who Owns the Genes? (Pam)     137
Dinner
Deconstructing Dinner: Genetically Engineerd, Organically Grown (Pam & Raoul)     155
Glossary     169
References     179
Index     199

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