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Books about the future of Food & Biotech
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Corporate Power in Global Agrifood Governance
by Jennifer Clapp (Editor), Doris Fuchs (Editor)

In today's globally integrated food system, events in one part of the world can have multiple and wide-ranging effects, as has been shown by the recent and rapid global rise in food prices. Transnational corporations (TNCs) have been central to the development of this global food system, dominating production, international trade, processing, distribution, and retail sectors. Moreover, these global corporations play a key role in the establishment of rules and regulations by which they themselves are governed. This book examines how TNCs exercise power over global food and agriculture governance and what the consequences are for the sustainability of the global food system.

The book defines three aspects of this corporate power: instrumental power, or direct influence; structural power, or the broader influence corporations have over setting agendas and rules; and discursive, or communicative and persuasive, power. The book begins by examining the nature of corporate power in cases ranging from "green" food certification in Southeast Asia and corporate influence on U.S. food aid policy to governance in the seed industry and international food safety standards. Chapters examine such issues as promotion of corporate-defined "environmental sustainability" and "food security," biotechnology firms and intellectual property rights, and consumer resistance to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and other cases of contestation in agrobiology. In a final chapter, the editors raise the crucial question of how to achieve participation, transparency, and accountability in food governance.

Hungry Corporations : Transnational Biotech Companies Colonise the Food Chain
by Helena Paul, Ricarda Steinbrecher, Lucy Michaels, Devlin Kuyek

This book is about the growing dominance of transnational corporations over many aspects of our lives, from executive super-pay to private sector pension funds. The authors of this book look at the hi-tech agro-chemical and genetic engineering companies that now dominate the food chain. In this detailed account, they show how a handful of companies have accelerated the industrialization of agriculture; penetrated the previously independent world of scholarly research; manipulated public opinion, and more.

Genes, Trade, and Regulation: The Seeds of Conflict in Food Biotechnology
by Thomas Bernauer

Agricultural (or "green") biotechnology is a source of growing tensions in the global trading system, particularly between the United States and the European Union. Genetically modified food faces an uncertain future. The technology behind it might revolutionize food production around the world. Or it might follow the example of nuclear energy, which declined from a symbol of socioeconomic progress to become one of the most unpopular and uneconomical innovations in history.

This book provides novel and thought-provoking insights into the fundamental policy issues involved in agricultural biotechnology. Thomas Bernauer explains global regulatory polarization and trade conflict in this area. He then evaluates cooperative and unilateral policy tools for coping with trade tensions. Arguing that the tools used thus far have been and will continue to be ineffective, he concludes that the risk of a full-blown trade conflict is high and may lead to reduced investment and the decline of the technology. Bernauer concludes with suggestions for policy reforms to halt this trajectory - recommendations that strike a sensible balance between public-safety concerns and private economic freedom - so that food biotechnology is given a fair chance to prove its environmental, health, humanitarian, and economic benefits.

This book will equip companies, farmers, regulators, NGOs, academics, students, and the interested public - including both advocates and critics of green biotechnology - with a deeper understanding of the political, economic, and societal factors shaping the future of one of the most revolutionary technologies of our times.

Genetically Modified Foods: Debating Biotechnology (Contemporary Issues Series)
by Michael Ruse (Editor), David Castle (Editor)

Presents 35 articles by experts in the fields of bioscience, law, religion, public policy, and international relations on the subject of genetically modified foods. Organized into ten sections such as the golden rice debate, religion, labeling, risk assessment, and developing countries, each section includes an introduction by the editors, followed by three or more essays.


Plunkett's Biotech & Genetics Industry Almanac 2003-2004

by Jack Plunkett (Editor)

Plunkett's Biotech & Genetics Industry Almanac is a complete reference guide to the business side of biotechnology, genetics, proteomics and related services. This new book contains complete profiles of the leading biotech companies, in-depth chapters on trends in genetics, technologies, statistics and finances, a handy glossary and thorough indexes. Plunkett's Biotech & Genetics Industry Almanac, our easy-to-understand reference to the biotech and genetics industry, is an absolutely vital addition to your office. For the first time, in one carefully-researched volume, you'll get all of the data you need including: The HapMap Project; Molecular diagnostics; Regenerative medicine; Biosecurity; Personalized medicine ; Systems biology; Stem cells and cloning; Agricultural biotechnology, international companies and industry trends. Includes 15 major tables such as: Biotechnology Industry Profile; Total R&D Investments; Domestic R&D as a Percentage of Sales; U.S. Biotech Industry Financing; Top 20 Global Biotech and Pharmaceutical Companies; The U.S. Drug Discovery, Development and Approval Process; Total U.S. Biotechnology Patents Granted Per Year; New U.S. Biotech Drug and Vaccine and Indication Approvals; U.S. Drug Development Times; Average Salaries in the U.S. Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Industries; Global Agricultural Biotech At A Glance The book also includes complete profiles on the “Biotech & Genetics 400,” our own unique list of companies that are the leaders in biotechnology. These are the 400 largest, most successful corporations in all facets of this exploding business. All of the corporate profile information is indexed and cross-indexed, including contact names, addresses, Internet addresses, fax numbers, toll-free numbers, plus growth and hiring plans, finances, research, marketing, technology, acquisitions and much more for each firm! Purchasers of either the book or PDF version can request a free copy of the company profiles database on CD-ROM, enabling export of contact names, addresses and more.

Fearing Food: Risk, Health and Environment

by Julian Morris, Roger Bate

The book was reviewed by Philip Stott in the Wall Street Journal Europe, and what follows is the final paragraph in his review: “For me, however, the most powerful quotation in the whole book did not come from a modern author, but from Charles Darwin himself: “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” As in the past, modern food and agricultural development are the only way humans will survive population growth, environmental change, pests and diseases. To oppose such developments is not only folly, but deeply immoral. The idea that the Green movement holds the ethical high ground has held sway for far too long. This book will help challenge the lie. We adapt with new technologies, or we die.” EAT FIRST! ENVIRONMENT - AGRICULTURE - TECHNOLOGY "Fighting myth and misinformation about environmental issues."

Eating in the Dark: America's Experiment With Genetically Engineered Food

by Kathleen Hart

Genetically modified food is in the news and on our plates. And while consumers may not have known they were being used as lab rats, America's uncontrolled experiment with such "inventions" as StarLink corn, with its built-in insecticide, is already well under way. In Eating in the Dark, environmental journalist Kathleen Hart examines the battles being fought in boardrooms, grocery stores, and government agencies over the creation, distribution, and regulation of genetically engineered organisms. The truth is quite disturbing. Companies like Monsanto began releasing modified seeds to farmers in the 1990s, but consumers weren't informed. From baby formula made from engineered soybeans to taco shells that cause dangerous allergy attacks, the stories here are well-researched and frightening. Hart accuses the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of aiding and abetting what she calls a public health "nightmare," and she calls for both intense research and strong legislation as a way of getting the experiment under control. - Therese Littleton

Dinner at the New Gene Cafe: How Genetic Engineering Is Changing What We Eat, How We Live, and the Global Politics of Food

by Bill Lambrecht

It may be true that we are what we eat. Now, with a flood of genetically modified foods overtaking the market, it is possible to eat what we are. But the prospect of genetic cannibalism is the least of the worries of food activists, and journalist Bill Lambrecht's Dinner at the New Gene Café follows both sides of the genetically modified organism (GMO) debate with vigor. He's been covering the story since the mid-1980s, interviewing agricultural officials, biotech industry executives, family farmers, and protesters to build a comprehensive understanding of the issues.
Lambrecht's writing, clear and direct, explains the science and politics plainly enough that even those who flunked Biology or Poli Sci 101 can understand his arguments. He is equally skeptical of the claims of industry shills and activists, and often shakes his head in wonder at the incompetence of government agencies. From academic conferences to the Battle for Seattle, he's seen every aspect of the GMO wars, as they ignited in Europe and slowly spread across the world and eventually penetrated the U.S. Peppered with short essays on his own illegal home experiments with GMO seeds, Dinner at the New Gene Café offers readers insight into a growing question that will most likely define our menu choices for many years to come. - Rob Lightner

Seeds of Contention : World Hunger and the Global Controversy Over GM (Genetically Modified) Crops

by Per Pinstrup-Andersen, Ebbe Schioler

In recent years the media have reported, frequently with alarm, on the increasing use of genetically modified crops in agriculture. Some groups have expressed concern about consumer safety and the risks of large-scale ecosystem damage. Others have noted the resulting shift of power away from locally controlled farming operations toward large agribusiness and biotech companies, and the particular vulnerability of farmers in the developing world to this trend.

The Politics of Precaution: Genetically Modified Crops in Developing Countries

by Robert L. Paarlberg

The use of genetically modified crops raises many policy issues, touching on intellectual property, food safety, trade goals, research investment, and other questions. Paarlberg (political science, Wellesley College) focuses on the policy choices of governments in developing countries where authorities have resisted the use of GM techniques. Paarlberg finds the degree of caution being shown surprising given the unmet food production needs in the countries he studied: Kenya, Brazil, India, and China. His policy snapshot concludes, however, that it will be increasingly important for the voices of stakeholders in developing countries to be heard by critics and advocates in the developed world, who currently dominate the GM debate.

High Tech Harvest: Understanding Genetically Modified Food Plants

by Paul F. Lurquin

An on-the-ground research biologist tells a clear-eyed story of modern plant genetics, the human manipulation of biology, and the reality of genetically engineered plants worldwide.
Genetically engineered plant products line the shelves of our grocery stores but we don't know which ones they are because no label identifies them. Should we be concerned? Biotech companies claim that engineered corn and canola are safe, but are they telling the truth? Should we, like the Europeans, be engaging in violent protests against biotechnology? In High Tech Harvest, Paul Lurquin answers these questions and more, believing that the public has a right to know and understand how its food is manipulated at the most basic level, that of the DNA itself. With the goal to inform, and a mission to reinforce the importance of the scientific method, Paul Lurquin writes a comprehensive and user-friendly description of the scientific origins, the development, and the applications of genetically modified plants throughout the world today.
Dr. Paul Lurquin, Ph.D. is Professor of Genetics at the School of Molecular Biosciences, Washington State University. He is one of the pioneers of the science of plant genetic engineering. His first book, the scientific treatise, The Green Phoenix: A History of Genetically Modified Plants is scheduled for release this spring.

Genetically Engineered Food: Changing the Nature of Nature

by Martin Teitel

The book that takes a comprehensive look at the threat to our food supply from genetic engineering. * Includes new studies about the dangers of genetically engineered food. * Refutes the "feed the poor" propaganda spread by agribusinesses. * Is both an expose and educational primer on this controversial technology that is already a part of every American's diet. * Explains the dangers of these foods to ourselves and our environment in easily understood terms. * Foreword by Ralph Nader.

Picture a world where the french fries you eat are registered as a pesticide. Where corn plants kill monarch butterflies. Where multinational corporations own the life forms that farmers grow and legally control the farmers' actions.

That world exists now. Genetically engineered foods are already present in many of the products you buy in supermarkets. The threat of these organisms to human and environmental health has caused them to be virtually banned in Europe, yet the U.S. government and a handful of biotech corporations have actively encouraged their use while discouraging labeling that might alert consumers to what they are eating. The authors show what the future holds and give you the information you need to preserve the independence and integrity of our food supply.

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

by Stephen Nottingham

(Zed Books) Author is a biologist specializing in crop protection. Describes the techniques used to genetically modify crops and livestock. Explores the food industry's commercial motivations and examines the potential ecological and health risks involved. For the consumer. Trim size: 8.5 x 5.5 inches. Softcover, hardcover not simultaneously published.

First Fruit: The Creation of the Flavr Savr Tomato and the Birth of Biotech Foods

by Belinda Martineau

Engaging both sides of the agricultural biotech controversy and hoping to initiate a reasoned dialogue, geneticist Belinda Martineau explores the development and eventual failure of the Flavr Savr tomato in First Fruit. One of the Calgene scientists who worked on the tomato (the first genetically modified food on the market), she offers great insight into the scientific and business factors that drive the research and marketing of biotech products. Concerned about the eager and simplistic denial of most of her colleagues when faced with protests from consumer advocates, she wants to see more direct communication between the two sides.
Using the story of Flavr Savr's development, Martineau shows the reader both the quality of biotech research and the power of management to obfuscate or otherwise affect that work. Though straying into dead-end stories of her colleagues' interactions a little too often, for the most part the narrative flows smoothly and draws the reader along swiftly to the tomato's eventual, inevitable demise in the market. Ironically, the Flavr Savr failed more because it couldn't live up to Calgene's nearly messianic marketing than from any protester's work, even if it did launch a few activists' careers. Telling industry to pay more heed to honesty and research while suggesting that the public pursue better scientific education shouldn't be asking too much - perhaps First Fruit will help de-escalate the debate. - Rob Lightner

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