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The Role of Biotechnology in a Sustainable Food Supply

Edited By: Jennie Popp, Marty Matlock, Nathan Kemper and Molly Jahn

29 b/w illustrations, 21 tables

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Apr 2012 | #195230 | ISBN-13: 9780521192347
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This publication addresses the role of biotechnology in a sustainable food supply in the 21st century. What sets this book apart is the thread that connects the broad subject matters and diverse author group. The chapters focus on the challenges, opportunities, success stories, barriers and risks associated with biotechnology. Authors are experts from around the world with broad backgrounds, experiences, and points of view. They include experts in the international aid and development, leaders in the developments and use of biotechnology in food applications, experts in food safety and risk associated with the use of biotechnology, and leaders in cosidering social, political and ethical issues surrounding the use of technology. The greatest strength of this book is the expertise and professional respect held by our authors and their diversity


1. World population growth and food supply William H. Meyers and Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes
2. Social challenges: public opinion and agricultural biotechnology Dominique Brossard
3. Loving biotechnology: ethics considerations Lowell E. Grisham
4. Biotechnology in crop production Eric S. Sachs
5. Biotechnology and the control of viral diseases of crops Jason R. Cavatorta, Stewart M. Gray, and Molly M. Jahn
6. Animal biotechnologies and agricultural sustainability Alison Van Eenennaam and William Muir
7. Genetically engineered crops can be part of a sustainable food supply: food and food safety issues Peggy G. Lenaux
8. Ecological considerations in biotechnology: ecological concerns and environmental risks at transgenic crops Mark K. Sears and Jeffrey D. Wolt
9. Organic agriculture as an alternative to a GE-Based system Erin Silva
10. A case study of rice: from traditional breeding to genomics: rice-food for the gods Pamela Ronald
11. Case study: healthy grown potatoes and sustainability of Wisconsin potato production Alvin J. Bussan, Deana Knuteson, Jed Colquhoun, Larry Binning, Shelley Jansky, Jiming Jiang, Paul D. Mitchelll, Walter R. Stevenson, Russ Groves, Jeff Wyman, Matt Ruark, and Keith Kelling
12. Precautionary practice of risk assessment Caroline Baier-Anderson and Michelle Mauthe Harvey
13. Risk assessment approaches and implications Jose Falck-Zepeda and Anthony J. Cavalieri
14. The context of biotechnology in sustainable agriculture Marty D. Matlock
15. Agricultural biotechnology: equity and prosperity Gregory D. Graff and David Zilbeman

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Jennie Popp is a Professor of Agricultural Economics and Area Director of Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability at the University of Arkansas. Her research areas include the economics of water and soil quality, risk management for agricultural producers, and assessment of best management practices for agriculture.

Marty Matlock is a Professor of Ecological Engineering and Area Director of Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability at the University of Arkansas. He is a Certified Senior Ecologist with the Ecological Society of America, and a Registered Professional Engineer. His research area is in the design and management of ecosystem services, with a focus on water resources.

Nathan Kemper is the TAA Program Coordinator for the Southern Risk Management Education Center. He coordinates the efforts of a team made up of Cooperative Extension Service and SeaGrant faculty and staff and industry representatives in thirteen Southern Region States, to develop curricula and deliver training and cash payments to farmers and fishermen to help them adjust their business practices in response to increased import competition.

Molly Jahn is a Professor in the Laboratory of Genetics and Department of Agronomy at the University of Madison-Wisconsin, and Special Advisor to the Chancellor and Provost for Sustainability Sciences. She has had a distinguished research career in plant genetics and genomics and plant breeding of vegetable crops, focusing on the molecular genetics of disease resistance and quality traits.

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