The Last Harvest: The Genetic Gamble that Threatens to Destroy American Agriculture

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U of Nebraska Press, 1996 - Science - 269 pages
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"This book is an outstanding successor to Silent Spring-it's a gripping yet even-handed account of what happens when good science meets bad public policy. The result ends up on your dinner plate, for better or worse".-San Francisco Examiner. "[Raeburn] recounts in fascinating detail how science and government have tried to protect our endowment of germ plasm through seed banks, breeding programs, botanical gardens and biosphere reserves".-New York Times. "A well-reasoned, timely call for American agriculture to recognize that putting eggs in a single basket can lead to disaster".-Kirkus. "Science journalism at its best: a lively, well-informed account of scientists at work that reveals how the vaunted productivity of American crops, achieved at the expense of their natural genetic diversity, conceals a devastating vulnerability to pollution and pestilence".-Barry Commoner. Paul Raeburn, science editor of the Associated Press, gives us an eye-opening account of how the genetic manipulation of American crops threatens our food supply-and what we must do to try to avert this disaster. This Bison Books edition carries a new preface by the author.

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Preface to the Bison Books Edition
Betting the Farm
BillionDollar Corn
Seed Banks and Seed Morgues
Green Gold
As Alike as Identical Twins
One Planet One Experiment
The Last Harvest
A Way Out?

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About the author (1996)

Paul Raeburn is a journalist and blogger and the author of four books, including" Acquainted with the Night: A Parent's Quest to Understand Depression and Bipolar Disorder in His Children". Raeburn's stories have appeared in "Discover", "The Huffington Post", "The New York Times Magazine", "Scientific American", and "Psychology Today", among many others. A past president of the National Association of Science Writers, Raeburn has been the chief media critic at the Knight Science Journalism Tracker; the science editor at "BusinessWeek" and the Associated Press; and the creator and host of Innovations in Medicine and The Washington Health Report on XM satellite radio. A native of Detroit, Raeburn now lives in New York City with his wife, the writer Elizabeth DeVita-Raeburn, and their two children.

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