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About this book
About this book
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.
Foreword by George Ellis - Foreword by Michael Shelby - Introduction: Genetically modified food: A reasonable approach - Chapter 1: Plant breeding and jumping genes - Chapter 2: What is genetic modification of plants? - Chapter 3: First generation GM crops - Chapter 4: What's in it for the consumer? - Chapter 5: Cost-benefit analysis - is it worth it? - Chapter 6: GM crops and food safety - Chapter 7: Patent or perish - Chapter 8: The agriculture police - Chapter 9: To label or not to label? - Chapter 10: What's in it for Africa? - Chapter 11: A look into the future - Appendix I: Testing GM foods for allergens - Appendix II: Horizontal gene transfer - Appendix III: International food safety assessment documents - Appendix IV: Web pages of interest
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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