Eat Your Genes: How Genetically Modified Food is Entering Our Diet

by Stephen Nottingham (Author)

Editorial Reviews

From Library Journal
Nottingham, a crop protection biologist who has done research in both the United
States and Britain, writes about the genetic engineering of foods for human
consumption, not only fruits and vegetables but also crop plants such as corn
and soybeans that enter our diet as ingredients in processed foods. He also
notes that genetically modified meat, fish, and poultry will be on the market in
the near future. As Nottingham points out, the introduction of genetically
altered food could have serious consequences, e.g., allergic reactions and
increased resistance to certain antibiotics. Ranging widely to cover the
history, science, business, international relations, risks, ethics, and consumer
issues of genetic engineering, Nottingham's book will serve as an informative
primer for both general readers and students. It is clearly written in a report
style that is supported throughout by up-to-date facts and figures from around
the world. Another very readable book on this topic, although not nearly as
detailed or broad in scope, is Robin Mather's more personal and conversational A
Garden of Unearthly Delights (LJ 5/1/95). Recommended for public libraries and
undergraduate collections in academic libraries.

From Booklist
Free speech issues notwithstanding, Americans haven't forgotten that what
brought Oprah Winfrey to a Texas court recently was controversy about mad cow
disease and genetic engineering in the food supply. Nottingham offers a
comprehensive look at these areas of growing concern. He catalogs the intended
benefits (e.g., cows yielding more milk, and vegetables with longer shelf lives)
and the unintended side effects (such as allergic reactions,
antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and environmental threats). And he examines the
ethical issues: the humane treatment of animals raised for food, the cloning of
animals, and concerns that, despite assurances by the scientific community,
cloning will eventually be applied to the human species. He notes the growth of
the pharming industry (combining agriculture products with pharmaceuticals) and
the enormous profits to be made in patenting genetic engineering techniques.
This extensively researched and footnoted work is heavy reading for those
without biology or chemistry backgrounds; but Nottingham offers essential
information for those concerned about genetically modified foods.

Product Details

Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Zed Books; 1 edition (July 15, 1998)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1856495787



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