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Agricultural Biotechnology and the Environment: Science, Policy, and Social Issues

By: Sheldon Krimsky and Roger Wrubel

294 pages, Figs

University of Illinois Press

Paperback | Apr 1996 | #53497 | ISBN: 0252065247
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Hardback | Dec 1996 | #53498 | ISBN: 0252021649
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Modern agriculture is being transformed by the genetic alteration of seeds, animals, and microorganisms, a process that has produced such products as Flavr Savr tomatoes and crops resistant to specific insects or herbicides. Agricultural Biotechnology and the Environment is the first comprehensive overview of the ongoing transformation of agriculture, exploring the impact of genetic engineering from scientific, social, ethical, and ecological perspectives. Sheldon Krimsky and Roger Wrubel detail the impact the new generation of products is expected to have on agricultural practice and the environment and assess the degree to which current trends in biotechnology match earlier expectations. They also analyze the social and political response to innovations resulting from genetic technology.

A well-written, comprehensive and thoughtful analysis of both the promise and the hazards of biotechnology as it is being applied in agriculture. The book is the best I have seen on this subject. -- George M. Woodwell, director, Woods Hole Research Center.


Technological innovation in agriculture -- Herbicide resistant crops -- Insec resistant plants -- Disease resistant crops -- Transgenic plant products -- Microbial pesticides -- Nitrogen-fixing bacteria -- Frost-inhibiting bacteri -- Animal growth hormones -- Transgenic animals -- The cultural and symbolic dimensions of agricultural biotechnology.

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