Food, Inc. has ratings and 24 reviews. Torrey said: The Book that I read for this assignment is called Food Inc. The author of this book is Peter Pri. Summary. A balanced and well-researched account of the dispute over genetically modified foods. The British government must make a decision by Spring So little ground has shifted in the genetically modified food debate that a twelve- year old volume remains pertinent today. Food, Inc. examines a.
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Library Locations and Hours. A balanced and well-researched account of the dispute over genetically modified foods. The British government must make a decision by Spring as to where the UK stands in this matter and the author exposes the propaganda science and fear-mongering so prevalent in this issue.
Imagine a world where yellow beans are patented, aromatic basmati rice has lost its fragrance because of genetic tinkering and Canadian farmers are sued by multinational behemoths because pollen from GM genetically modified crops somehow got into their fields and fertilized their plants.
Book Review: Food, Inc: Mendel to Monsanto – The Promises and Perils of the Biotech Harvest
You don’t have to imagine it: A widely published journalist, Pringle Those Are Real Bullets paints a troubling picture of the world’s food supply. Multinational corporations are able to patent genes from crops that have been cultivated by farmers for centuries; governments of starving African nations refuse GM food they fear is poisonous; scientists hastily publish research that is blown out of proportion by the news media; and “green” activists vandalize greenhouses and fields where scientists are conducting GM research.
Pringle roundly ho all sides. Scientists, he says, have been remarkably inventive in their endeavors to improve the food we eat, using a gene from daffodils, for example, in growing golden rice with high levels of vitamin A that can help prevent blindness in the undernourished.
Food, Inc.: Mendel to Monsanto–The Promises and Perils of the Biotech Harvest by Peter Pringle
But large corporations, he asserts, have squandered the public’s good will toward GM products as they rushed so-called “Frankenfoods” into stores without adequate testing or disclosure of what makes it different. Pringle gives some glimmer of hope for the future through time-honored methods of cross-pollination, but his main story is of monasnto industry with great potential for feeding starving millions and reducing our reliance on chemical pesticides, but that has instead created a global mess.
When it comes to genetic engineering, says the author of Those Are Real Bullets, both agribusiness and ecowarriors have got it all wrong. A complex topic, it invokes many contemporary concerns-third world famine, biodiversity, corporate responsibility, the ethics of corporate ownership of the processes of life itself-and involves a bewildering array of interrelated national and international legal, political, scientific, and economic forces. Public discourse is polarized with scaremongering on one side and arrogance on the other, and it is difficult for the nonspecialist to moneanto at an informed opinion.
Here, in readable, journalistic fashion, Pringle provides what has been missing: He reveals many dimensions of several controversies that will be familiar to most readers from media coverage, yet remain poorly understood: Is the monarch butterfly endangered by pesticide-laced corn? Are we throwing away our heritage of biodiversity? Are plant hunters cultural pirates? As the title indicates, Pringle points out the danger of a few large and poorly regulated corporations owning and controlling so much of the world’s agriculture and genetic technology, but he doesn’t demonize.
Rather than simplifying a complicated subject, he accomplishes the more difficult task of presenting the complexities of genetic science, academic politics, corporate strategies, or international treaties in such a clear and interesting manner that readers come to appreciate and understand them.
This is a book to satisfy curiosity and engender concern, and any of its chapters would provide an excellent subject for discussion groups.
Food, Inc. : Mendel to Monsanto–the promises and perils of the biotech harvest
Pringle looks at the global war over genetically modified foods, pitting a handful of corporate, “life science” giants against a worldwide network of anticorporate individuals.
He takes a middle-of-the-road approach and indicates that benefits of biotech agriculture to food are too valuable to be left to either side of this conflict.
Corporations leading the genetically modified side mknsanto that these products offer a new survival against frost, drought, pest, and plague.
Some governments have refused to approve planting of new genetically modified crops, pending further investigation. The ultimate vote of “no confidence” came in when African nations facing menel turned away US food aid because it contained genetically modified corn.
FOOD, INC.: Mendel to Monsanto—The Promises and Perils of the Biotech Harvest
The book is extremely well written and interesting reading; neither of the combatants are going to be totally satisfied since a middle-of-the-road approach is what Pringle tries to maintain, telling both sides of the story.
Notes; acknowledgments; adequate index. For all major libraries so that consumers can become knowledgeable in this battle that will be so important to them.
Ockerman Ohio State University.
Thank you for using the catalog. Mendel to Monsanto–the promises and perils of the biotech harvest. Summary A balanced and well-researched account of the dispute over genetically modified foods. Publisher’s Weekly Review Imagine a world where yellow beans are patented, aromatic basmati rice has lost its fragrance because of genetic tinkering and Canadian farmers are sued by multinational behemoths because pollen from GM genetically modified crops somehow got into their fields and fertilized their plants.
Library Journal Review When it comes to genetic engineering, says the author of Those Are Real Bullets, both agribusiness and ecowarriors have got it all wrong. Choice Review Pringle looks at the global war over genetically modified foods, pitting a handful of corporate, “life science” giants kendel a worldwide network of anticorporate individuals.
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