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.

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For example, it talks about the work of Berkeley researchers showing contamination of Mexican crops with American GM ones, and it talks about how the critics claimed the researchers made mistakes 1st year grad students are foood not to make, and it talks about how it is the only article Nature has taken away support after publishing it.

The evidence i have of this is a quote from the text. If only scientists could just be scientists and learn, innovate, and discover without interference from big money.

Some of these improvements in yield, disease resistance ic other characteristics surpass GM varieties, and at much less cost. Its a relatively quick read and provides important background information on the subject.

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

The seed companies were not interested in producing pest-resistant cassava for farmers who would not be able to pay for it. My main reservation with the book is that it really doesn’t give you enough information to make up your own mind, it covers a lot of different ‘events’ in the history of GM but it doesn’t go below the surface, beyond what you would read in a newspaper article. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Need to update this book with current events.


For most people, the global war over genetically modified foods is a distant and confusing one. Another would be critiques of a now-established US-based narrative of commodification of the natural world by an industrial elite.

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

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 research that is blown out of foor by the news media; and “green” activists vandalize greenhouses and fields where scientists are conducting GM research.

If the secret of asexual plants is patented by a corporation that insists solely on commercial gain, farmers in undeveloped countries and most seed companies would be excluded mencel such an exclusive agricultural club for twenty years at fkod, the normal life span of an international patent. The battles are conducted in the mystifying language of genetics. The fear of those opposed to the new technology is of a “plague of sameness,” a vast monoculture organized and guarded by some big brother corporation.

I’ve studied this issue in some depth, and would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the GM debate, or food evolution, farming, and international trade issues in general. This book isn’t as extensive or well researched as “The World A The author presents an “unbiased” discussion of genetically modified crops. Tina rated it really liked it Jan 01, Triumph of the City: The genes we modify today may come back to haunt us twenty years.

The application of genetic engineering to crop plants, by allowing a desirable gene from one species to be inserted into another species, offered agribusiness a new method of control.


Oh, right, activists aren’t concerned about people in the “developing” world either. I am not completely up to date on current legal issues regarding patents on genetic material and since this book has been published several of more ridiculous patents have been revoked, but there still seem to be some problems.

This book is extremely informative; however, it can get boring to read through all of these somewhat scientifi This book does a great job at informing its reader of the pros and cons of GMOs. Jun 02, Michelle Lensing rated it liked it. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

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

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They worried that transferring genes between species might cause allergies, or worse; alien genes might “escape” into the wild and create “superweeds” and “superpests” that could disrupt the world’s ecosystems. Library Journal Review When it comes to genetic engineering, says the author of Those Are Real Bullets, both agribusiness and ecowarriors have got it all wrong.

Mehdel answer will surely influence how science proceeds.

Personally I enjoyed Food, Inc. That is arguably the most important question facing policymakers and practitioners concerned with agriculture.

Hawkweeds do it that way; so do dandelions.