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Engineering the farm : the social and ethical aspects of agricultural biotechnology
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Washington : Island Press, 2002
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9781559639477

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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 throughgoing 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


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This book compiles the work of several authors, including both questions and answers about issues of agricultural biotechnology. The editors' introduction sets the stage for other chapters concerning legal, nutritional, ethical, and genetic issues of agricultural biotechnology. Although the subject matter is both serious and controversial, the authors have provided an easy-to-read, sometimes lighthearted discussion of the matter. Comments such as, "In the beginning there was life.... In the future, though, there may be only commerce. Homo sapiens may replaced by Homo Glaxo Wellcomus or even Merck Man and Aunt Orva," contribute to clarity of the subject as well as the seriousness of the issues. Serious discussions are presented on broad ethical topics such patents, plants, people, planting, and distribution. Profound social issues about world hunger and adverse health effects are also addressed. Two appendixes offer clarity to this work: "In Defense of the Precautionary Principle," which deals with a concept that relates to environmental law; and "A Declaration of Bioethics and Agricultural Biotechnology," which discusses issues of testing, serving common good, risk factors, and health and nutritional concerns. Author information is included. All levels. O. C. Riley Houston Baptist University


Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Introduction: GMOs, Luddites,and Concerned Citizens
Chapter 1 Ethical Issues Involving the Production, Planting, and Distribution of Genetically Modified Crops
Chapter 2 Why Food Biotechnology Needs an Opt Out
Chapter 3 A Naturalist Looks at Agricultural Biotechnology
Chapter 4 When Transgenes Wander, Should We Worry?
Chapter 5 Patents, Plants, and People: The Need for a New Ethical Paradigm
Chapter 6 Taking Seriously the Claim that Genetic Engineering Could End Hunger: A Critical Analysis
Chapter 7 The European Response to GM Foods: Rethinking Food Governance
Chapter 8 A Societal Role for Assessing the Safety of Bioengineered Foods
Chapter 9 Learning to Speak Ethics in Technological Debates
Chapter 10 A Perspective on Anti-biotechnology Convictions
Afterword: The Biotech Distraction
Appendix A In Defense of the Precautionary Principle
Appendix B A Declaration of Bioethics and Agricultural Biotechnology
Notes
About the Contributors
Index