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Eat Your Genes: How Genetically Modified Food is Entering Our Diet

By: Stephen Nottingham

212 pages, no illustrations

Zed Books

Paperback | Apr 2003 | Edition: 2 | #141311 | ISBN: 184277347X
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Food safety scares such as salmonella in eggs or BSE in beef continue to cause public concern, but far more unnoticed is the way that genetically engineered food is entering our diet.
'Full marks...for as good an overview of the multiple problems that the new technology is spawning as one is likely to read all year.' Food Magazine, UK Food Commission.

'Full marks ...for as good an overview of the multiple problems that the new technology is spawning as one is likely to read all year.' Food Magazine, UK Food Commission 'Nottingham's book will serve as an informative primer for both general readers and students.' Library Journal, USA 'Nottingham offers essential information for those concerned about genetically modified foods.' Booklist, USA 'A rivetting read' Here's Health, Book of the Month 'Readable and easy for a lay person to understand...a devastating indictment of genetic engineering. I warmly recommend Eat Your Genes.' Permaculture Magazine 'An authoritative account of the progress and potential of genetic manipulation.' BBC Wildlife 'Refreshingly balanced treatment of genetic engineering of food products.' Choice, USA 'An easy and enjoyable read while still retaining a high level of accuracy in explaining the different issues.' Plant Genetic Resources Newsletter, Italy ' excellent book for those who are interested in learning more about genetically modified food. My hope is that Nottingham's book will find a large audience. That many people engage in the vital questions raised by genetic modification of food is important. Nottingham provides us with themes of inquiry that will contribute to a fruitful debate.' Environmental Values, Vol 9:2, 2000


A brief history of agricultural improvements and the arrival of genetic engineering; what is genetic engineering?; milking it - increasing yields and the pharming of proteins; herbicide resistant crops; insect resistant crops and a modified insect baculovirus; designer food and engineered plants; ecological risks; risks to human health; some ethical and moral issues; the lucrative art of patenting; regulation of genetically modified organisms and food products; marketing approval for genetically modified foods in Europe; impacts on the Third World; prospects for the genetically modified food.

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Dr. STEPHEN NOTTINGHAM is a biologist, writer and freelance consultant. He has researched in the UK and the USA and published extensively on the development of environmentally-friendly crop protection methods. He is also the author of Genescapes - The Ecology of Genetic Engineering (Zed Books, 2002).

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