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Engineering the Farm: The Social and Ethical Aspects of Agricultural Biotechnology

by Marc Lappe (Editor), Britt Bailey (Editor)



Book Description

Engineering the Farm offers a wide-ranging examination of the social and ethical
issues surrounding the production and consumption of genetically modified
organisms (GMOs), with leading thinkers and activists taking a broad theoretical
approach to the subject. Topics covered include:

the historical roots of the anti-biotechnology movement
ethical issues involved in introducing genetically altered crops
questions of patenting and labeling
the "precautionary principle" and its role in the regulation of GMOs
effects of genetic modification on the world's food supply
ecological concerns and impacts on traditional varieties of domesticated crops

potential health effects of GMOs
Contributors argue that the scope, scale, and size of the present venture in
crop modification is so vast and intensive that a thoroughgoing review of
agricultural biotechnology must consider its global, moral, cultural, and
ecological impacts as well as its effects on individual consumers. Throughout,
they argue that more research is needed on genetically modified food and that
consumers are entitled to specific information about how food products have been
developed.

Despite its increasing role in worldwide food production, little has been
written about the broader social and ethical implications of GMOs. Engineering
the Farm offers a unique approach to the subject for academics, activists, and
policymakers involved with questions of environmental policy, ethics,
agriculture, environmental health, and related fields.

Book Info
Offers a wide-ranging examination of the social and ethical issues surrounding
the production and consumption of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), with
leading thinkers and activists taking a broad theoretical approach to the subject.

Product Details

Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Island Press; 1 edition (June 15, 2002)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1559639474

 

 

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