Food, Inc. has ratings and 24 reviews. Torrey said: The Book that I read for this assignment is called Food Inc. The author of this book is Peter Pri. Summary. A balanced and well-researched account of the dispute over genetically modified foods. The British government must make a decision by Spring So little ground has shifted in the genetically modified food debate that a twelve- year old volume remains pertinent today. Food, Inc. examines a.

Author: Zukinos Gajar
Country: Bolivia
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Technology
Published (Last): 4 June 2008
Pages: 194
PDF File Size: 20.36 Mb
ePub File Size: 11.64 Mb
ISBN: 877-3-90504-861-8
Downloads: 25171
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Nikazahn

Food, Inc. : Mendel to Monsanto–the promises and perils of the biotech harvest

Tina rated it really liked it Jan 01, Spores, moulds, and fungi A natural history of mushrooms and other fungi in New Zealand. Any use of an author photo must include its respective photo credit Food, Inc. Apr 14, Andy rated it really liked it Recommends it for: But large corporations, he asserts, have squandered the public’s good will toward GM products as they rushed so-called “Frankenfoods” into stores without adequate testing or disclosure of what makes it different.

And we risk having fewer choices even than today in the range of foods we can buy at the local grocery store.

SearchWorks Catalog

Well, that’s the problem, since no one knows with certainty and the debate is clouded with rhetoric and hidden agendas. Multinational corporations are able to patent genes from crops that have been cultivated by farmers for centuries; governments of starving African nations refuse GM food they fear is poisonous; scientists hastily publish menddel that is blown out of proportion by the news media; and “green” activists vandalize greenhouses and fields where scientists are conducting GM research.

Pringle has this really interesting style of seeming to mock the argument, credentials, or public statements of a certain monsajto or group, then delving into their point of view to the extent that it becomes either reasonable or deeply flawed – but you can’t usually tell which it’s going to be when you mnedel reading about them.


May 27, Charmaine added it. Think of the farm scenes of Bruegel and Constable, for instance. But large corporations, he asserts, have squandered the public’s good will toward GM products as they rushed so-called “Frankenfoods” into stores without adequate testing or disclosure of what makes it different.

Biotech companies jnc reduced the reality of GMO’s.

Book Review: Food, Inc: Mendel to Monsanto – The Promises and Perils of the Biotech Harvest

The apomictic dandelion once had normal sex and some primitive species behave like regular sexual plants. Is the monarch butterfly endangered by pesticide-laced corn? Mendel to Monsanto – the promises and perils of the biotech harvest Food, Foof And that’s it, then it moves on to another topic.

If you’re American, yes. The battles are conducted in the mystifying language of genetics. A handful of corporate “life science” giants, such as Monsanto, are pitted against a worldwide network of anticorporate ecowarriors like Greenpeace. Lists with This Book.

Another would be critiques of a now-established US-based narrative of commodification of the natural world by an industrial elite. It could create new allergies, upset ecosystems, destroy biodiversity, and produce uncontrollable mutations. Price may vary by retailer. I thought it was very helpful in clearing up questions that may arise involving genetically-modified foods. I was happy to read the name of Vandana Shiva in “Food, Inc. It is impossible to tell in what direction science will take us.

Pringle gives some glimmer of hope for the future through time-honored methods of cross-pollination, but his main story is of an industry with great potential for feeding starving millions and reducing our reliance on chemical pesticides, but that has instead created a global mess. Department of Agriculture Press Release, Thinking about how our food is changing at the hands of the genetic engineers leads inevitably to the image of Gregor Mendel, the Moravian monk, breeding peas in his monastery garden a century and a half ago.

This farming revolution passed by most of the world’s farmers, who, being poor, continued to use manual tools and raise crop plants and animals that benefited little from the intense breeding of improved varieties. Despite or perhaps because of his unbiased opinion there is much in here that should concern the public about the safety of GM crops, although the author still holds out hope that GM crops can help feed the world.


Books by Peter Pringle. Antibiotech people will tell you that biotech companies are greedy, heartless Malthusians. Two German researchers used three alien genes, two from a daffodil and one from a bacterium, to create in rice a substance known as beta-carotene. Basmati was always in demand. Anyway, there is no original research in this book.

This monswnto image, however, misses another, less well known Mendel who becomes important today in the era of genetic engineering. It gave me a true Food, Inc. The biotech scientists in the big universities made the same mistake. Unc answer will surely influence how science proceeds. The Best Books of Peter Pringle seems to have presented the pertinent issues, important events, and opinions around them in an informative, unbiased manner, which I really appreciate.

Go the biographies of individual often colourful campaigners are covered. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. I had to re read many sentences especially ones starting with conjunction to make sense of it. Hawkweeds do it that way; so do dandelions. There was an error while adding the following items. The seed companies were not interested in producing pest-resistant cassava for farmers who would not be able to pay for it.

The author presents an “unbiased” discussion of genetically modified crops.