Lords of the Harvest: Biotech, Big Money, and the Future of Food

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Basic Books, 2002 - Science - 348 pages
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Biotech companies are creating designer crops with strange powers-from cholesterol-reducing soybeans to tobacco plants that act as solar-powered pharmaceutical factories. They promise great benefits: better health for consumers and more productive agriculture. But the vision has a dark side. In Lords of the Harvest, Daniel Charles tells the real story behind "Frankenstein foods"-the story you won't hear from the biotech companies or their fiercest opponents. He reveals for the first time the cutthroat scientific competition and backroom business deals that led to the first genetically engineered foods. And he exposes the secrets of campaigns on both sides of the Atlantic aimed at bringing down the biotech industry. A riveting tale of boundless ambition, political intrigue, and the quest for knowledge, Lords of the Harvest is ultimately a story of idealism and conflicting dreams about the shape of a better world.
  

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Review: Lords Of The Harvest: Biotech, Big Money, And The Future Of Food

User Review  - Kenny - Goodreads

I suspected thirty years ago that there was something wrong with Monsanto's corporate culture. This book explains very well what was bothering me. Surprisingly, it is not an indictment of the company ... Read full review

Review: Lords Of The Harvest: Biotech, Big Money, And The Future Of Food

User Review  - dejah_thoris - Goodreads

Charles does an excellent job of presenting the story behind the biotechnology industry without revealing any particular bias until the epilogue where he addresses the questions we are trying to ask ... Read full review

Contents

The First Transformation
1
Marching on Washington
24
Everything Was Worth Doing
31
The First Useful Gene Bacillus thuringiensis and Its Many Inventors
41
Gifts of God
51
Genes That Love Poisons
60
Triumphs of Tinkering
74
Forces in Opposition
92
Power Plays
192
Backlash
205
The Wheels Come Off
230
The Deluge
236
Global Claims
262
Perched on a Precipice
283
Infinite Horizons
289
Epilogue
303

Seed Wars
109
The Tomato That Ate Calgene
126
Tremors of Anticipation
149
Summers of Triumph Summers of Discord
171
Notes on Sources
315
Index
329
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About the author (2002)

Science reporter Daniel Charles has been a technology correspondent for National Public Radio and the Washington correspondent for New Scientist. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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