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

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2003 non-fiction book by Peter Pringle

Food, Inc. Mendel to Monsanto--The Promises and Perils of the Biotech Harvest   By Peter Pringle    Description For most people, the global war over genetically modified foods is a distant and confusing one. The battles are conducted … see full wiki

Author: Peter Pringle
Genre: Hospitality, Travel & Tourism, Genetics, General, Agronomy, Food Science
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Interesting introduction into the world of biotech foods.

  • Jan 5, 2009
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Is our food supply really safe?  Can we trust the government to look out for the interests of the consumer and the environment or are the politicians and bureaucrats mostly in the hip pocket of giant corporations?   Being a totally non-scientific person, I had to struggle with terminology in this discussion of the pros and cons of genetically altered crops.  In "Food, Inc.: Mendel to Monsanto--The Promises and Perils of the Biotech Harvest"  author Peter Pringle does a reasonably good job of presenting both sides of the argument in the simplest terms possible.  He also does a fine job of sprinkling in some of the history of the debate, defining who the players are and assessing the political landscape.  For example, did you know that caffeine genes have been inserted into soybeans?  Think of the enormous worldwide economic implications if coffee could suddenly be grown in North Dakota.  What about the consequences of human beings and animals consuming genetically altered foods?   And were you aware that the existence of the much beloved monarch butterfly is threatened by these genetically altered crops?  These are the kinds of topics explored in "Food, Inc.:  Mendel to Monsanto--The Promises and Perils of the Biotech Harvest".   It is the kind of book that makes you want to learn more about these extremely  important issues.   If I were a wise guy, I guess I would call this book "food for thought".   A fascinating topic!   Recommended reading.
Interesting introduction into the world of biotech foods. Interesting introduction into the world of biotech foods. Interesting introduction into the world of biotech foods. Interesting introduction into the world of biotech foods.

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