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Seeds for the future : the impact of genetically modified crops on the environment

by Thomson, Jennifer A., 1947-

Format: Print Book 2007
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction SB123.57.T494 2007
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  SB123.57.T494 2007

Plants have long been genetically modified through crossbreeding and other basic agricultural techniques to make crops more resilient, nutritious, and profitable. In recent decades, however, advances in genetic engineering?including the ability to blend genetic material from animals with that of plants?have allowed farmers to grow crops that resist insect pests, weeds, viruses, and drought; provide increased iron or beta carotene; deliver vaccines and antibodies; reduce common allergens and pollutants; and augment marketable qualities such as delayed ripening. The complicated scientific, environmental, legal, cultural, and ethical issues surrounding these crops are being hotly debated all over the world. In Seeds for the Future, an internationally respected molecular geneticist and food researcher, Jennifer A. Thomson, describes how these crops are developed, distributed, and regulated.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The future of agricultural viability, not only in emerging nations but also in environmentally challenged major food-producing countries, may reside in the mainstream acceptance of genetically modified crops. With legislators and agronomists alike struggling to understand the overwhelming technical elements of such a complex subject, the jury is still out on how beneficial such manipulation will eventually be vis-a-vis the unknown risks to humans, wildlife, and the environment. In this sequel to her well-received Genes for Africa (2004), molecular geneticist and food researcher Thomson lays out the case for the merits of such scientific intervention in crop production while simultaneously addressing the likelihood for even more disastrous ecological damage through the potential proliferation of herbicide- and pesticide-resistant plants. Examining such diverse issues as intellectual property rights and DNA uptake, Thomson's prudent approach offers a thorough consideration of the environmental, economic, and ethical effects of genetic modification, making this critical reading for members of the scientific community and concerned consumers. --Carol Haggas Copyright 2007 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Crops -- Genetic engineering.
Crops -- Genetic engineering -- Environmental aspects.
Transgenic plants.
Genetically modified foods.
Publisher Ithaca, NY :Comstock Pub. Associates,2007
Other Titles Impact of genetically modified crops on the environment
Language English
Description xviii, 158 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9780801473685
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