GM Agriculture and Food Security

GM Agriculture and Food Security

GM Agriculture and Food Security

Myths about biotechnology have prevented it from helping improve food security in the developing world. This book explores the myths and the reality under the following headings: The Sustainability Challenge: Is science leading to a chemical Armageddon? Plant Vitality: Will 'superweeds' strangle our future? Genetic Diversity: Will science drive monoculture and destroy the common heritage of mankind? Is it Safe? The politicization of risk and impacts on food safety, Industrial Agriculture and Corporate Profits: Who is the real winner? The Local Food Movement, Expertise and Opportunism: Who should we listen to? The Nature of Natural: Whose preferences should dominate? And Food Labelling: What does it really mean?

Biotechnology Agriculture and Food Security in Southern Africa

Biotechnology  Agriculture  and Food Security in Southern Africa

Biotechnology Agriculture and Food Security in Southern Africa

This book brings together experts from within and outside Africa to discuss the current status of biotechnology in southern Africa, the conceptual framework for multistakeholder dialogues, the political and ethical issues surrounding biotechnology, food safety and consumer issues, biosafety, intellectual property rights, and trade involving genetically modified foods.

GM Agriculture and Food Security

GM Agriculture and Food Security

GM Agriculture and Food Security

This book explores the myths and the reality about GM agriculture and its role in improving food security. The goal of the authors is to use this book to reconfigure the underlying architecture of public consideration of science, technology and commerce in the global food system. An array of characterizations of the space, ranging from Frankenfoods and superweeds to superfoods and miracle plants are explored. Ultimately, the aim is to open the discussion about how we can construct a factual dialogue about complex issues that uses evidence to help make better choices. The book has 12 chapters and a subject index

Genetically Modified Crops in Agriculture

Genetically Modified Crops in Agriculture

Genetically Modified Crops in Agriculture

Genetically modified crops are plants used in agriculture, the DNA of which has been modified using genetic engineering methods. In most cases, the aim is to introduce a new trait to the plant which does not occur naturally in the species. Examples in food crops include resistance to certain pests, diseases, or environmental conditions, reduction of spoilage, or resistance to chemical treatments, or improving the nutrient profile of the crop. Recently rapid advances in the development and commercialization of transgenic crops across the world have been witnessed both in terms increased crop coverage and economic benefits. Genetically modified foods are foods derived from genetically modified organisms have had specific changes introduced into their DNA by genetic engineering techniques. The main aim of genetically modified crops is to produce a food that is able to survive even if any harmful chemicals or pesticides or herbicides are sprayed. Other benefit of genetically modified crops is to make food stay fresh for a long time. Some of genetically modified crops and food are corn, tomato, beets, potatoes, sprouts and alfalfa. It involves the insertion or deletion of genes. Examples in non-food crops include production of pharmaceutical agents, biofuels, and other industrially useful goods, as well as for bioremediation. This book covers those facets, from the source of the gene, compositions of a gene construct, method of gene delivery, and result of gene integration and expression, to effects of the transgene on plants and the ecology.

GM Agriculture and Food Security

GM Agriculture and Food Security

GM Agriculture and Food Security

This book explores the myths and the reality about GM agriculture and its role in improving food security. The goal of the authors is to use this book to reconfigure the underlying architecture of public consideration of science, technology and commerce in the global food system. An array of characterizations of the space, ranging from Frankenfoods and superweeds to superfoods and miracle plants are explored. Ultimately, the aim is to open the discussion about how we can construct a factual dialogue about complex issues that uses evidence to help make better choices. The book has 12 chapters and a subject index

Governing Agricultural Sustainability

Governing Agricultural Sustainability

Governing Agricultural Sustainability

Although GM crops are seen by their advocates as a key component of the future of world agriculture and as part of the solution for world poverty and hunger, their uptake has not been smooth nor universal: they have been marred by controversy and all too commonly their regulation has been challenged as inadequate, even biased. This book aims to understand these dynamics, examining the impacts of GM crops in diverse contexts and their potentials to contribute to sustainable agricultural futures. Part 1 draws on research from three global ‘rising powers’ – Brazil, India and Mexico – exploring the views of scientists, farmers and publics. Using a diverse array of ethnographic and qualitative methodologies, the book examines the dynamics that have underpinned the controversy in three diverse geo-political contexts, the manner in which dominant institutional framings have been closely aligned with the interests of powerful elites, and the multiple ways in which these have been resisted through local, symbolic and material practices. Part 2 comprises a series of short comment pieces from 11 leading social and natural scientists responding to the question of how to develop a policy framework for the responsible innovation of sustainable, culturally appropriate and socially just agricultural GM technologies. This innovative book offers new insights for researchers and postgraduates in Science and technology studies, Agro-ecology and Environmental Studies, Development studies, Anthropology, Human Geography, Sociology, Political Science, Public Administration, Latin American studies, and Asian studies.

Agriculture for Food Security and Rural Growth

Agriculture for Food Security  and Rural Growth

Agriculture for Food Security and Rural Growth

India has made remarkable strides in agriculture, largely through the foresight, initiatives, and dedication of a very small number of outstanding leaders, including Prof. B P Pal. This book addresses issues such as lessons learnt from the Green Revolution, current status of GM crops globally and their regulations, and issues related to intellectual property. It is useful for researchers, scientists, policy-makers, regulators, seed companies, and the farming community.

Seed Sovereignty Food Security

Seed Sovereignty  Food Security

Seed Sovereignty Food Security

In this unique anthology, women from around the world write about the movement to change the current, industrial paradigm of how we grow our food. As seed keepers and food producers, as scientists, activists, and scholars, they are dedicated to renewing a food system that is better aligned with ecological processes as well as human health and global social justice. Seed Sovereignty, Food Security is an argument for just that--a reclaiming of traditional methods of agricultural practice in order to secure a healthy, nourishing future for all of us. Whether tackling the thorny question of GMO safety or criticizing the impact of big agribusiness on traditional communities, these women are in the vanguard of defending the right of people everywhere to practice local, biodiverse, and organic farming as an alternative to industrial agriculture. Contents • Seed Sovereignty, Food Security VANDANA SHIVA • Fields of Hope and Power FRANCES MOORE LAPPÉ & ANNA LAPPÉ • The Ethics of Agricultural Biotechnology BETH BURROWS • Food Politics, the Food Movement and Public Health MARION NESTLE • Autism and Glyphosate: Connecting the Dots STEPHANIE SENEFF • The New Genetics and Dangers of GMOs MAE-WAN HO • Seed Emergency: Germany SUSANNE GURA • GM Soy as Feed for Animals Affects Posterity IRINA ERMAKOVA & ALEXANDER BARANOFF • Seeds in France TIPHAINE BURBAN • Kokopelli vs. Graines Baumaux BLANCHE MAGARINOS-REY • If People Are Asked, They Say NO to GMOs FLORIANNE KOECHLIN • The Italian Context MARIA GRAZIA MAMMUCINI • The Untold American Revolution: Seed in the US DEBBIE BARKER • Reviving Native Sioux Agriculture Systems SUZANNE FOOTE • In Praise of the Leadership of Indigenous Women WINONA LADUKE • Moms Across America: Shaking up the System ZEN HONEYCUTT • Seed Freedom and Seed Sovereignty: Bangladesh Today FARIDA AKHTER • Monsanto and Biosafety in Nepal KUSUM HACHHETHU • Sowing Seeds of Freedom VANDANA SHIVA • The Loss of Crop Genetic Diversity in the Changing World TEWOLDE BERHAN GEBRE EGZIABHER & SUE EDWARDS • Seed Sovereignty and Ecological Integrity in Africa MARIAM MAYET • Conserving the Diversity of Peasant Seeds ANA DE ITA • Celebrating the Chile Nativo ISAURA ANDALUZ • Seed Saving and Women in Peru PATRICIA FLORES • The Seeds of Liberation in Latin America SANDRA BAQUEDANO & SARA LARRAÍN • The Other Mothers and the Fight against GMOs in Argentina ANA BROCCOLI • Seeding Knowledge: Australia SUSAN HAWTHORNE

Genetically Modified Organisms Consumers Food Safety and the Environment

Genetically Modified Organisms  Consumers  Food Safety and the Environment

Genetically Modified Organisms Consumers Food Safety and the Environment

This, the second in the FAO ethics series, looks at the contentious issue of genetically modified organisms. The FAO continues to stress the need for accurate risk management and risk communication but also recognises the potential for solving major nutrition problems. Modern biotechnologies are a possible but optional means of selective breeding but their claims can only be credible it the necessary economic, environmental and ethical safeguards are in place.

Food Matters

Food Matters

Food Matters

Food matters. It is a basic human need, yet its availability in adequate, safe, nutritious and regular amounts for humans is by no means assured. While land and water for food production are both declining at alarming rates due to natural and human causes, the demand for food is still growing as populations all over the world increase. The unending questions – where food comes from; how it is grown; how climate change impacts the supply of vegetables and fish and what we can do about it; nutrition in diet; future new types of food that will be produced in factories; how safe is organic food and GMOs, etc – present some of the most pressing food-related issues everyone, from leaders and policymakers to corporate chiefs and man-in-the-street, needs to be aware of. This seminal book, Food Matters, by Professor Paul Teng and Manda Foo provides explanations to the many questions asked about today’s food sources and quality. Written in prose that is easily understandable, it takes the reader through the fascinating story of the origin of our common foods, how they have changed in looks and their methods of production, and discusses many issues on the minds of consumers and governments.