ABOUT THIS BOOK
Probing the profitable new science of creating--and altering--life forms
"Extraordinarily well documented . . . remarkably clear. This is
the most comprehensive coverage of these issues to date. It will be required
reading for some time." -- Lawrence Busch, Michigan State University
"Krimsky and Wrubel not only describe the components of agricultural
biotechnology, they address and analyze controversies involving the risks
and benefits of new technologies. Coverage of technical to social components
of agricultural biotechnology is unusually complete and thorough. Their
even-handed and comprehensive approach to these topics is rare and extremely
valuable." -- Richard Weinzierl, University of Illinois
Modern agriculture is being transformed by the genetic alteration of
seeds, animals, and microorganisms, a process that has produced such products
as flavor saver 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
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.
Closely examined in each of three areas--transgenic plants, genetically
engineered microorganisms, and transgenic animals--are technical and scientific
problems, social controversies, and anticipated environmental impacts.
An objective, detailed look at a subject of interest to a broad spectrum
of readers, Agricultural Biotechnology and the Environment will
be of interest to researchers in the new biotechnology fields as well
as to educated general readers and policymakers.
A volume in the series The Environment and the Human Condition