Food, Inc.

Mendel to Monsanto--The Promises and Perils of the

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Peter Pringle

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439103845

Category: Science

Page: 256

View: 9378

For most people, the global war over genetically modified foods is a distant and confusing one. The battles are conducted in the mystifying language of genetics. A handful of corporate "life science" giants, such as Monsanto, are pitted against a worldwide network of anticorporate ecowarriors like Greenpeace. And yet the possible benefits of biotech agriculture to our food supply are too vital to be left to either partisan. The companies claim to be leading a new agricultural revolution that will save the world with crops modified to survive frost, drought, pests, and plague. The greens warn that "playing God" with plant genes is dangerous. It could create new allergies, upset ecosystems, destroy biodiversity, and produce uncontrollable mutations. Worst of all, the antibiotech forces say, a single food conglomerate could end up telling us what to eat. In Food, Inc., acclaimed journalist Peter Pringle shows how both sides in this overheated conflict have made false promises, engaged in propaganda science, and indulged in fear-mongering. In this urgent dispatch, he suggests that a fertile partnership between consumers, corporations, scientists, and farmers could still allow the biotech harvest to reach its full potential in helping to overcome the problem of world hunger, providing nutritious food and keeping the environment healthy.

Food, Inc

Mendel to Monsanto--the Promises and Perils of the Biotech Harvest

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Peter Pringle

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780743226110

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 239

View: 2714

The author of Real Bullets introduces readers to the two-sided stories of eco-warriors such as Greenpeace and corporate giants concerning the new agricultural revolution of genetically engineered foods and how it will affect the food supply and world hunger epidemic.

Food, Inc.

Mendel to Monsanto--The Promises and Perils of the Biotech Harvest

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Peter Pringle

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 9780743267632

Category: Science

Page: 256

View: 4362

For most people, the global war over genetically modified foods is a distant and confusing one. The battles are conducted in the mystifying language of genetics. A handful of corporate "life science" giants, such as Monsanto, are pitted against a worldwide network of anticorporate ecowarriors like Greenpeace. And yet the possible benefits of biotech agriculture to our food supply are too vital to be left to either partisan. The companies claim to be leading a new agricultural revolution that will save the world with crops modified to survive frost, drought, pests, and plague. The greens warn that "playing God" with plant genes is dangerous. It could create new allergies, upset ecosystems, destroy biodiversity, and produce uncontrollable mutations. Worst of all, the antibiotech forces say, a single food conglomerate could end up telling us what to eat. In Food, Inc., acclaimed journalist Peter Pringle shows how both sides in this overheated conflict have made false promises, engaged in propaganda science, and indulged in fear-mongering. In this urgent dispatch, he suggests that a fertile partnership between consumers, corporations, scientists, and farmers could still allow the biotech harvest to reach its full potential in helping to overcome the problem of world hunger, providing nutritious food and keeping the environment healthy.

Mendel in the Kitchen

A Scientist's View of Genetically Modified Food

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Nina V. Fedoroff,Nancy Marie Brown

Publisher: Joseph Henry Press

ISBN: 0309531853

Category: Science

Page: 349

View: 9074

While European restaurants race to footnote menus, reassuring concerned gourmands that no genetically modified ingredients were used in the preparation of their food, starving populations around the world eagerly await the next harvest of scientifically improved crops. Mendel in the Kitchen provides a clear and balanced picture of this tangled, tricky (and very timely) topic. Any farmer you talk to could tell you that we've been playing with the genetic makeup of our food for millennia, carefully coaxing nature to do our bidding. The practice officially dates back to Gregor Mendel -- who was not a renowned scientist, but a 19th century Augustinian monk. Mendel spent many hours toiling in his garden, testing and cultivating more than 28,000 pea plants, selectively determining very specific characteristics of the peas that were produced, ultimately giving birth to the idea of heredity -- and the now very common practice of artificially modifying our food. But as science takes the helm, steering common field practices into the laboratory, the world is now keenly aware of how adept we have become at tinkering with nature --which in turn has produced a variety of questions. Are genetically modified foods really safe? Will the foods ultimately make us sick, perhaps in ways we can't even imagine? Isn't it genuinely dangerous to change the nature of nature itself? Nina Fedoroff, a leading geneticist and recognized expert in biotechnology, answers these questions, and more. Addressing the fear and mistrust that is rapidly spreading, Federoff and her co-author, science writer Nancy Brown, weave a narrative rich in history, technology, and science to dispel myths and misunderstandings. In the end, Fedoroff arues, plant biotechnology can help us to become better stewards of the earth while permitting us to feed ourselves and generations of children to come. Indeed, this new approach to agriculture holds the promise of being the most environmentally conservative way to increase our food supply.

Food, Inc.: How Industrial Food Is Making Us Sicker, Fatter, and Poorer-And What You Can Do about It

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Karl Weber

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 1458759717

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 598

View: 9496

Food, Inc. is guaranteed to shake up our perceptions of what we eat. This powerful documentary deconstructing the corporate food industry in America was hailed by Entertainment Weekly as ''more than a terrific movie - it's an important movie.'' Aided by expert commentators such as Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser, the film poses questions such as: Where has my food come from, and who has processed it? What are the giant agribusinesses and what stake do they have in maintaining the status quo of food production and consumption? How can I feed my family healthy foods affordably? Expanding on the film's themes, the book Food, Inc. will answer those questions through a series of challenging essays by leading experts and thinkers. This book will encourage those inspired by the film to learn more about the issues, and act to change the world.

Intervention

Confronting the Real Risks of Genetic Engineering and Life on a Biotech Planet

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Denise Caruso

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 252

View: 5755

INTERVENTION challenges two of the most sacred tenets of modern society, innovation and technology, from the perspective of the unique risks they present. Using genetic engineering as its model, it paints a vivid picture of the scientific uncertainties that biotech risk evaluations dismiss or ignore, and lays bare the power and money conflicts between academia, industry and regulators that have sped these risky innovations to the market. Intervention champions an alternative method for assessing the risks of technology, developed by the world's top risk experts, that can eliminate such conflicts, help regain public trust in science and government, and drive research and development toward more useful, safer products.

Future Perfect

Six Stories of Genetic Engineering

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Nancy Kress

Publisher: Phoenix Pick

ISBN: 9781612420639

Category: Fiction

Page: 246

View: 6827

Nancy Kress is unrivaled in her treatment of genetic engineering. In 1991 she wrote the ground-breaking classic novella Beggars in Spain (Hugo/Nebula) and since then has only enhanced her outstanding reputation of telling stories set in the near-future and dealing with genetics. *** This collection brings together six of these stories written between 1984 and 2008, including "The Flowers of Aulit Prison" which won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for best short story.

A History of Global Consumption

1500 - 1800

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Ina Baghdiantz McCabe

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317652657

Category: History

Page: 302

View: 5570

In A History of Global Consumption: 1500 – 1800, Ina Baghdiantz McCabe examines the history of consumption throughout the early modern period using a combination of chronological and thematic discussion, taking a comprehensive and wide-reaching view of a subject that has long been on the historical agenda. The title explores the topic from the rise of the collector in Renaissance Europe to the birth of consumption as a political tool in the eighteenth century. Beginning with an overview of the history of consumption and the major theorists, such as Bourdieu, Elias and Barthes, who have shaped its development as a field, Baghdiantz McCabe approaches the subject through a clear chronological framework. Supplemented by illlustrations in every chapter and ranging in scope from an analysis of the success of American commodities such as tobacco, sugar and chocolate in Europe and Asia to a discussion of the Dutch tulip mania, A History of Global Consumption: 1500 – 1800 is the perfect guide for all students interested in the social, cultural and economic history of the early modern period.

Sense of the city

an alternate approach to urbanism

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Mirko Zardini,Wolfgang Schivelbusch

Publisher: Lars Muller Publishers

ISBN: N.A

Category: Architecture

Page: 349

View: 6315

Challenging the dominance of the visual in the urban environment, the exhibition catalogue 'Sense of the city' proposes a rethinking and re-presenting of the city, and offers a more complex analysis of the qualities, comforts, communication systems, and sensory dimensions of urban life. From darkness and night to urban soundscapes, to the urban air and climate, this book presents an approach to urbanism. In defense of public spaces in contemporary cities, writer Cedric Price has observed that 'mental, physical, and sensory well-being is required'. Included here is a collection of images on the different urban themes addressed in the exhibition, along with a series of insightful and critical essays. Contributors include Constance Classen, David Howes, Norman Pressman, Emily Thompson, and Mirko Zardini.

Day of the Dandelion

An Arthur Hemmings Mystery

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Peter Pringle

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416556451

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

View: 2011

Seeds of a new corn plant are stolen from Oxford University's botany lab, and the professor, Alastair Scott, and his Russian assistant, Tanya Petrovskaya, are missing. Alarms ring in London and Washington, where intelligence officials know that Scott was working on a supergene that could allow control over the world's entire food supply. The British government calls in Arthur Hemmings from the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. To his coworkers, Hemmings is just another researcher in the herbarium, but for many years he has been a secret service agent, an outwardly rumpled but dashing covert adventurer. Officials see a Moscow plot. Has Scott been kidnapped? Is he dead? Have Scott and Tanya fled to Russia? And why is Oxford's vice-chancellor withholding vital information? The intrepid Hemmings follows a series of clues into the cutthroat world of international patents, where the hunt for priceless genes is always nasty and often deadly. In Arthur Hemmings, Pringle has created an original heartbreaker of a hero, a botanist detective with a dash of James Bond. Facing murderous threats, Hemmings investigates fearlessly and with devastating precision. Handsome, witty, an ambitious cook, and a wine lover, he is irresistible to a much younger American female researcher. Day of the Dandelion is a seductive modern hybrid of the thrillers of Graham Greene and the adventure novels of Ian Fleming, filled with political, scientific, and commercial intrigue, and laced with miracle plants, deadly toxins, kidnappings, and car chases. It will keep the reader in suspense and amused from prelude to postscript.

Seeds of Reprisal

Monsanto Vs. Michael White

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: J. Somerville Park

Publisher: Provident House Llc

ISBN: 9780615856254

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 364

View: 5866

Michael White, a seed merchant and fourth-generation farmer, had a good life on Alabama's Sand Mountain. But it disintegrated into a nightmare soon after he spotted a man from Monsanto spying on him. In short order, White was sued by Monsanto for patent infringement regarding its genetically modified seeds and threatened with financial ruin. Refusing to buckle, he chose to fight. And that's when the conglomerate's spies—using tactics that would embarrass the KGB—decided to teach him a lesson he would never forget. A classic David vs. Goliath saga, this is a testament to the indomitable human spirit and phenomenal courage one person can muster when faced with seemingly insurmountable odds. It's also a cautionary tale about the future and safety of our food supply.

Hungry Corporations

Transnational Biotech Companies Colonise the Food Chain

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Helena Paul,Ricarda Steinbrecher

Publisher: Zed Books

ISBN: 9781842773017

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 242

View: 7182

'Hungry Corporations' offers a detailed account of how huge agrochemical corporations have come to control the food chain, exposing their influence over governments, regulatory bodies and university research.

Restaurant Planning Guide

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Peter Rainsford,David H. Bangs

Publisher: Dearborn Trade Publishing

ISBN: 9781574100266

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 146

View: 414

Authoritative, up to the minute advice on how to parley a strong business plan into a food service success story. Newly revised to reflect today's restaurant industry realities.

Those Are Real Bullets

Bloody Sunday, Derry, 1972

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Peter Pringle,Philip Jacobson

Publisher: Grove Press

ISBN: 9780802138798

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 5133

The 1972 "Bloody Sunday" massacre in Derry, Ireland, is chronicled in detail, using interviews, period photographs, and recently declassified information to tell the entire story of the event in which British paratroopers opened fire on unarmed Irish Catholic demonstrators. Reprint.

Stolen Harvest

The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Vandana Shiva

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 0813166799

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 152

View: 3285

For the farmer, the seed is not merely the source of future plants and food; it is a vehicle through which culture and history can be preserved and spread to future generations. For centuries, farmers have evolved crops and produced an incredible diversity of plants that provide life-sustaining nutrition. In India alone, the ingenuity of farmers has produced over 200,000 varieties of rice, many of which now line store shelves around the world. This productive tradition, however, is under attack as globalized, corporate regimes increasingly exploit intellectual property laws to annex these sustaining seeds and remove them from the public sphere. In Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply, Shiva explores the devastating effects of commercial agriculture and genetic engineering on the food we eat, the farmers who grow it, and the soil that sustains it. This prescient critique and call to action covers some of the most pressing topics of this ongoing dialogue, from the destruction of local food cultures and the privatization of plant life, to unsustainable industrial fish farming and safety concerns about corporately engineered foods. The preeminent agricultural activist and scientist of a generation, Shiva implores the farmers and consumers of the world to make a united stand against the genetically modified crops and untenable farming practices that endanger the seeds and plants that give us life.

A First Course in Wine

From Grape to Glass

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Dan Amatuzzi

Publisher: Race Point Publishing

ISBN: 1610589955

Category: Cooking

Page: 224

View: 5379

DIVWhether you enjoy the occasional glass of wine or you like to have one every night with dinner, Dan Amatuzzi’s A First Course in Wine will provide you with everything you need to know about how to smell, taste, and enjoy fine wines. With stunning imagery and helpful diagrams throughout, you’ll learn: /divDIV*the science behind winemaking/divDIV*how to interpret wine labels without stress/divDIV*how to identify flavors in your wine/divDIV*how to pair wines with foods/divDIV*what to look for on restaurant wine lists/divDIV*glossary of terms and a pronunciation guide/divDIV*detailed information about vineyards and more /divDIVLife is too short for wine you won’t enjoy. Once you’ve taken this first course, you will read your restaurant’s wine list with confidence and browse through the wine selection at your store with the knowledge that you’re going to walk home with the perfect wine in hand. /divDIVDan Amatuzzi was the wine director at Mario Batali’s OTTO before he became Eataly’s beverage director. He studied wine production in Florence and was chosen to Zagat’s inaugural class of New York’s rising “30 under 30” culinary stars. /div

Dr Golem

How to Think about Medicine

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Harry Collins,Trevor Pinch

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 1459605845

Category:

Page: 368

View: 1701

A creature of Jewish mythology, a golem is an animated being made by man from clay and water who knows neither his own strength nor the extent of his ignorance. Like science and technology, the subjects of Harry Collins and Trevor Pinch's previous volumes, medicine is also a golem, and this Dr. Golem should not be blamed for its mistakes - they are, after all, our mistakes. The problem lies in its well-meaning clumsiness. Dr. Golem explores some of the mysteries and complexities of medicine while untangling the inherent conundrums of scientific research and highlighting its vagaries. Driven by the question of what to do in the face of the fallibility of medicine, Dr. Golem encourages a more inquisitive attitude toward the explanations and accounts offered by medical science. In eight chapters devoted to case studies of modern medicine, Collins and Pinch consider the prevalence of tonsillectomies, the placebo effect and randomized control trials, bogus doctors, CPR, the efficacy of Vitamin C in fighting cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, AIDS cures, and vaccination. They also examine the tension between the conflicting faces of medicine: medicine as science versus medicine as a source of succor; the interests of an individual versus the interests of a group; and the benefits in the short term versus success rates in the long term. Throughout, Collins and Pinch remind readers that medical science is an economic as well as a social consideration, encapsulated for the authors in the timeless struggle to balance the good health of the many - with vaccinations, for instance - with the good health of a few - those who have adverse reactions to the vaccine. In an age when the deaths of research subjects, the early termination of clinical trials, and the research guidelines for stem cells are front-page news, Dr. Golem is a timely analysis of the limitations of medicine that never loses sight of its strengths.

The March of Unreason

Science, Democracy, and the New Fundamentalism

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Dick Taverne

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191578614

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

View: 7755

Our daily news bulletins bring us tales of the wonder of science, from Mars rovers and intelligent robots to developments in cancer treatment, and yet often the emphasis is on the potential threats posed by science. It appears that irrationality is on the rise in western society, and public opinion is increasingly dominated by unreflecting prejudice and unwillingness to engage with factual evidence. From genetically modified crops and food, organic farming, the MMR vaccine, environmentalism, the precautionary principle and the new anti-capitalist and anti-globalisation movements, the rejection of the evidence-based approach nurtures a culture of suspicion, distrust, and cynicism, and leads to dogmatic assertion and intolerance. In this compelling and timely examination of science and society, Dick Taverne argues that science, with all the benefits it brings, is an essential part of civilised and democratic society: it offers the most hopeful future for mankind.

The Pathological Protein

Mad Cow, Chronic Wasting, and Other Deadly Prion Diseases

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Philip Yam

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 038721755X

Category: Medical

Page: 286

View: 3261

Prions are an entirely new class of pathogens, and scientists are just beginning to understand them. Although they have plagued humans and animals for 3 centuries, only in the last 2 decades have researchers linked them to diseases like Mad Cow. This book tells the strange story of their discovery, and the medical controversies that swirl around them. The author, Philip Yam, is a well-respected and connected journalist who is now an editor at Scientific American.

Eating History

Thirty Turning Points in the Making of American Cuisine

DOWNLOAD NOW »

Author: Andrew F. Smith

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231511752

Category: Cooking

Page: 392

View: 5911

Food expert and celebrated food historian Andrew F. Smith recounts in delicious detail the creation of contemporary American cuisine. The diet of the modern American wasn't always as corporate, conglomerated, and corn-rich as it is today, and the style of American cooking, along with the ingredients that compose it, has never been fixed. With a cast of characters including bold inventors, savvy restaurateurs, ruthless advertisers, mad scientists, adventurous entrepreneurs, celebrity chefs, and relentless health nuts, Smith pins down the truly crackerjack history behind the way America eats. Smith's story opens with early America, an agriculturally independent nation where most citizens grew and consumed their own food. Over the next two hundred years, however, Americans would cultivate an entirely different approach to crops and consumption. Advances in food processing, transportation, regulation, nutrition, and science introduced highly complex and mechanized methods of production. The proliferation of cookbooks, cooking shows, and professionally designed kitchens made meals more commercially, politically, and culturally potent. To better understand these trends, Smith delves deeply and humorously into their creation. Ultimately he shows how, by revisiting this history, we can reclaim the independent, locally sustainable roots of American food.