Food, Inc Mendel to Monsanto--The Promises and Perils of the Biotech Harvest

ISBN-10: 074326763X
ISBN-13: 9780743267632
Edition: 2005
Authors: Peter Pringle
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List price: $16.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 2/21/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

For most people the global war over genetically modified foods is a distant and confusing one. A handful of corporate 'life sciences' giants, such as Monsanto, are pitted against a worldwide network of anticorporate ecowarriors like Greenpeace. The companies claim to be leading a new agricultural revolution that will save the world with crops modified to survive frost, drought, pests, and plague. The greens warn that 'playing God' with plant genes is dangerous. It could create new allergies, upset ecosystems, destroy biodiversity, and produce uncontrollable mutations. In FOOD, INC., acclaimed journalist Peter Pringle shows how both sides in this overheated conflict have made false promises, engaged in propaganda science, and indulged in fear-mongering. In this urgent dispatch, he suggests that a fertile partnership between consumers, corporations, scientists, and farmers could still allow the biotech harvest to reach its full potential in helping to overcome the problem of world hunger, providing nutritious food and keeping the environment healthy.

Peter Pringle is a veteran British foreign correspondent. He is the author and coauthor of several nonfiction books, including the bestselling Those Are Real Bullets, Aren't They? He lives in New York City.

Introduction
Mendel?s Little Secret
Seeds of Gold
The Plague of Sameness
A New Sort of Tomato
The Battle of Basmati
Of Cauliflower, Potatoes, and Snowdrops
Anatomy of a Poisoned Butterfly
The Plant Hunters
The Cornfields of Oaxaca
So Shall We Reap
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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