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Farmageddon : food and the culture of biotechnology

by Kneen, Brewster.

Format: Print Book 1999
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction TP248.65.F66 K594 1999x
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  TP248.65.F66 K594 1999x
Northland Public Library Nonfiction 664.024 K73
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Food industry and biotech expert Brewster Kneen reveals how 'life-science' conglomerates are genetically engineering food plants for corporate profit with little concern for health or the effect on the environment.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Supporters of biotechnology claim that genetically engineered food is the only hope for feeding the world's hungry. On the contrary, asserts Canadian environmentalist Kneen in a hard-hitting, thoughtful critique. If the biotech industry gets its way, he argues, five or six giant corporations will ultimately gain control (via patents on seeds) of all major commercial crops planted anywhere on earth. This enforced monoculture production, Kneen contends, will jeopardize the self-reliance and food security of many nations. If that sounds paranoid, Kneen points out that a handful of global supermarket chains now dominate food distributionÄand their shelves are increasingly stocked with unlabeled, genetically altered potatoes, corn, soybeans and other products whose long-term health effects on humans are unknown. Publisher of the magazine The Ram's Horn, devoted to food systems analysis, Kneen brands as a whitewash the FDA's refusal to impose labeling requirements on milk produced by cows fed recombinant bovine growth hormone; flimsy evidence and circular logic, he says, conceal the fact that this milk may pose real health hazards. He makes a forceful case that biotechnology's creation and owning of novel life forms for commercial purposes is unethical, inherently unsafe, born of a hubristic attitude of control and domination over nature. His up-to-date report exposes how the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand are attempting to change the rules of international trade so that companies like Nestl‚, Monsanto and Unilever will be able to move bioengineered food across bordersÄand down our throatsÄwithout hindrance. This is an important book for anyone seriously concerned about the nature of the food they eat. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Food -- Biotechnology.
Agricultural biotechnology.
Crops -- Genetic engineering.
Livestock -- Genetic engineering.
Publisher Gabriola Island, BC :New Society Publishers,1999
Language English
Description viii, 231 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-219) and index.
ISBN 0865713944 :
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