Let Them Eat Precaution: How Politics is Undermining the Genetic Revolution in Agriculture

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Jon Entine
AEI Press, 2006 - Science - 203 pages
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The genetic revolution has offered more promise than substance, except in agriculture, where it has brought profound benefits to farmers and consumers for more than a decade. More nutritious food is now produced with less environmental costs because genetically modified crops require almost no pesticides. Vitamin-enhanced crops and foods are helping to reduce malnutrition in parts of the developing world, and a wave of bio- pharmaceuticals is being developed. Yet, for all its achievements and promise, agricultural biotechnology is under intense fire from advocacy groups warning of Frankenfoods and fanning fear of a corporate takeover of agriculture by biotech firms. Mired in a rancorous trade and cultural war between Europe and the United States and inflamed by a politicized media, this technology remains dramatically underutilized, with particularly tragic consequences for millions of starving people in Africa and other poverty-stricken regions.

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Contents

Global Views on Agricultural Biotechnology
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Agricultural Biotechnology Caught in a War of Giants
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References
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About the author (2006)

Jon Entine has written and edited six other books, including Crop Chemophobia: Will Precaution Kill the Green Revolution (AEI Books, 2010), Abraham's Children: Race, Identity and the DNA of the Chosen People (Grand Central, 2007) and Let Them Eat Precaution: How Politics is Undermining the Genetic Revolution in Agriculture (AEI Books, 2006). A sustainability consultant and founder of ESG MediaMetrics, a columnist for Ethical Corporation magazine and a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research in Washington, D.C., Entine spent 19 years as a network television news executive and producer, winning more than 20 awards including Emmys for specials on the reform movements in China and the Soviet Union. Entine has also served as a lecturer at various universities, including Columbia University, the University of Michigan, Arizona State University, New York University and most recently, Miami University (Ohio), where he was a scholar-in-residence. The American Council on Science and Health is a consumer education consortium concerned with issues related to food, nutrition, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, lifestyle, the environment and health. It was founded in 1978 by a group of scientists concerned that many important public policies related to health and the environment did not have a sound scientific basis. These scientists created the organization to add reason and balance to debates about public health issues and bring common sense views to the public.

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