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Seeds for the Future: The Impact of Genetically Modified Crops on the Environment Paperback – February 22, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0801473685 ISBN-10: 0801473683 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Comstock Publishing Associates; 1 edition (February 22, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801473683
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801473685
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,978,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
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"Genetically modified (GM) crops and their impact on native species, the environment, and human health have been topics of international debate for many years. Thomson attempts to put the issue in perspective with a clear and objective scientific explanation of genetic engineering and its role in producing disease-, weed-, insect-, virus-, and drought-resistant soybean, maize, canola, cotton, beets, bananas, cassava, potatoes, and other crops providing higher yields and making healthy food available to millions of people. Thomson is candid about the risks and the legal and trade issues, but she argues that these are minor concerns when compared with the benefits that GM crops have brought to the developing world. Her scholarly, important work, written in simple language, is well documented with references to scientific literature and practical examples. Although intended for an agricultural audience, it should be read by all who want to get beyond the debate to a lucid understanding of GM crops and their place in modern biotechnology."—Library Journal

"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, Booklist, 1 March 2007

"The effect of agricultural biotechnology on developing countries is a major point of debate. Jennifer A. Thomson knows the science behind the technology and is well versed in the public discourse. Few books maintain the relative context of risks associated with genetically modified crops to the risks associated with conventional systems. Thomson very simply and effectively explodes the myth that conventional crop breeding is risk free."—Alan McHughen, University of California, Riverside, author of Pandora's Picnic Basket

"While based on solid empirical evidence from research and field experience, Seeds for the Future is organized and written in a way that makes it easily accessible and interesting to both experts and lay readers with an interest in the subject. It provides up-to-date information on a rapidly moving subject and contributes to a more enlightened debate on a topic of great importance."—Per Pinstrup-Andersen, H. E. Babcock Professor of Food, Nutrition, and Public Policy, Cornell University, author of Seeds of Contention

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Respected African food scientist Dr. Jennifer Thomson delivered an excellent follow up to her first book. She is incredibly well versed and she explains things to the layman in a readable and engaging way.
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10 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Otto Diedacht on December 26, 2007
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Take the clues provided in the Editorial Reviews and from the book's back cover, which misleadingly attempt to equate selective plant breeding with Monsanto Magick. This book is likely available through your local public library, as it was through mine. Although the list of topics covered is impressive, the content does not include any information at all which suggest that there just MIGHT be problems on the horizon. Most conspicuous by its absence is any Topic heading related to human health hazards or experimental investigation related to same.

The Author's Acknowledgment states she "might not have written it if I hadn't received a fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation... "
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