208 pages, Col photos, figs, tabs
Thomson explains why and how GM crops can help combat poverty, starvation and disease in the developing world and looks at the differences and similarities between genetic modification, conventional plant breeding, and natural processes such as cross pollination and mutations.
We have reassurances from those with a financial stake in GM technology that all is well and allegations from the anti-GM lobby that these organisms present a clear danger to the environment and human health. The truth, of course, is somewhere in between these two positions, and the public deserves a more factual and reliable source of information on this issue. Michael Shelby, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences USA "True environmentalism recognises the need for development, for growing food and making livelihoods available to the poor, and aims to minimise the risks and damage. You will find the real facts discussed here and placed before you in an enthusiastic but always scientifically controlled way." George Ellis, Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, UCT
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