Travels in the Genetically Modified Zone

ISBN-10: 0674015290
ISBN-13: 9780674015296
Edition: 2002
Authors: Mark L. Winston
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Description: With genetically modified crops we have entered uncharted territory--where visions of the triumph of biotechnology in agriculture vie with dire views of medical and environmental disaster. For two years Mark L. Winston traveled this fraught  More...

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List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 2/1/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

With genetically modified crops we have entered uncharted territory--where visions of the triumph of biotechnology in agriculture vie with dire views of medical and environmental disaster. For two years Mark L. Winston traveled this fraught territory at home and abroad, listening to farmers, industry spokespeople, regulators, and researchers, canvassing high-security laboratories, environmentalist enclaves, and cyberspace, making a thorough survey of the facts, opinions, and practices deployed by opponents and proponents of transgenic crops. Through his sympathetic portrayal of the passions on all sides, Winston brings a clear, unbiased perspective to this bewildering landscape. Traveling with Winston, we see the excitement and curiosity that pervade laboratories developing genetically modified crops, as well as the panic and outrage among dedicated opponents of agricultural biotechnology; the desperation of conventional farmers as they look to science for solutions to the problems driving them from their farms, as well as the deeply held values of organic farmers who dread the incursion of genetically modified crops into their expanding enterprise. And, Winston shows us, these contrasting attitudes transcend national borders, with troubling counterparts and consequences in the developing world. As he seeks a middle ground where concerns about genetic engineering can be rationally discussed and resolved, Winston gives us, at long last, a full and balanced view of the forces at play in the chaotic debate over agricultural biotechnology.

Kenneth Brink is a Senior Scientist in the Department of Physical Oceanography at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. He is a world leader in coastal and shelf dynamics and the coupling between shelf and deep ocean circulation. He is past president of The Oceanography Society.Mark L. Winston is a Fellow in the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University.

Prologue
Seeds
In the Heat of the Day
The Regulators
Of Butterflies and Weeds
It Only Moves Forward
Saving the Family Farm
Saving the Bugs
Anything under the Sun
There'll Always Be an England
For the Good of Mankind
Risks Real or Imagined Selected References
Acknowledgments
Index

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