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Seeds, Science, and Struggle The Global Politics of Transgenic Crops

ISBN-10: 0262517744

ISBN-13: 9780262517744

Edition: 2012

Authors: Abby J. Kinchy

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Genetic engineering has a wide range of cultural, economic, and ethical implications, yet it has become almost an article of faith that regulatory decisions about biotechnology be based only on evidence of specific quantifiable risks; to consider anything else is said to "politicize" regulation. In this study of social protest against genetically engineered food, Abby Kinchy turns the conventional argument on its head. Rather than consider politicization of the regulatory system, she takes a close look at the scientization of public debate about the "contamination" of crops resulting from pollen drift and seed mixing. Advocates of alternative agriculture confront the scientization of this debate by calling on international experts, carrying out their own research, questioning regulatory science in court, building alternative markets, and demanding that their governments consider the social and economic impacts of the new technologies. Kinchy focuses on social conflicts over canola in Canada and maize in Mexico, drawing out their linkages to the global food system and international environmental governance. The book ultimately demonstrates the shortcomings of dominant models of scientific risk governance, which marginalize alternative visions of rural livelihoods and sustainable food production.
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Book details

List price: $29.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 7/20/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Series Foreword
Acknowledgments
List of Acronyms
Introduction: Genes Out of Place
Free Markets, Sound Science
The Maize Movement and Expert Advice
The Politics of Biosafety Monitoring
Patents on Out-of-Place Genes
Protecting Organic Markets
Conclusion: Science and Struggles for Change
Notes
References
Index