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Seeds of Contention: World Hunger and the Global Controversy over GM Crops

By: Per Pinstrup-Andersen and Ebbe Schioler

164 pages, no illustrations

Johns Hopkins University Press

Paperback | Oct 2001 | #121707 | ISBN: 0801868262
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Reviews the basic issues and discusses the potential that GM crops have for addressing the great needs of poor and undernourished peoples throughout the world. Explains how increased agricultural productivity is not enough in addressing the problem of famine, and that people in developing countries need crops that are disease-resistant, can fend off insect predators, and can withstand severe environmental conditions in order to produce larger crop yields.
`A timely contribution on an important issue. It is great to have an unemotional, broad-based assessment of genetically modified crops.' Lester Brown, Worldwatch Institute

A contentious debate has surrounded the rising use of genetically modified crops in agriculture... This volume succeeds well in explaing the technical issues involved and in presenting a balanced view of competing views. -- J.B. Population and Development Review This book is very much appreciated for focusing the debate on the right of developing countries to make their own decisions about this controversial technology. European Review of Agricultural Economics 2003 The authors are to be congratulated for explaining the difficult issues in such a readable and engaging way, without compromising the scientific integrity. -- C. Ramasamy Indian Journal of Agricultural Economics 2003 Synoptic and well founded assessment. -- Daniel Alker Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture 2003

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Per Pinstrup-Andersen is director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute. Ebbe Schioler is a consultant in research and development issues primarily related to agriculture.

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