Uncertain Peril: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Seeds

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Nov 082015
 
Uncertain Peril: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Seeds
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Life on earth is facing unprecedented challenges from global warming, war, and mass extinctions. The plight of seeds is a less visible but no less fundamental threat to our survival. Seeds are at the heart of the planet's life-support systems. Their power to regenerate and adapt are essential to maintaining our food supply and our ability to cope with a changing climate.

In Uncertain Peril, environmental journalist Claire Hope Cummings exposes the stories behind the rise of industrial agriculture and plant biotechnology, the fall of public interest science, and the folly of patenting seeds. She examines how farming communities are coping with declining water, soil, and fossil fuels, as well as with new commercial technologies. Will genetically engineered and "terminator" seeds lead to certain promise, as some have hoped, or are we embarking on a path of uncertain peril? Will the "doomsday vault" under construction in the Arctic, designed to store millions of seeds, save the genetic diversity of the world's agriculture?
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Genetic Engineering: Modern Progress or Future Peril? (USA Today’s Debate: Voices and Perspectives)

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Nov 072015
 
Genetic Engineering: Modern Progress or Future Peril? (USA Today's Debate: Voices and Perspectives)
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Genetic engineering has become a polarizing issue for political parties as well as ordinary citizens. Some people think it is progressive science that will help humanity deal with such world-wide problems as famine and disease. Other people strongly disagree. They say the effects of genetic engineering on the environment and public health make it a danger. There is also an on-going debate about the ethics of manipulating nature to such a degree. Making sense of the issues involves looking at the facts, studying the statistics, examining the laws, and listening to views on all sides of the debate. It also means asking tough questions: * Does an individual actually own their DNA? * Is animal experimentation worthwhile if it potentially saves human lives? * Is genetic engineering `Playing God'? * Are there health risks to eating genetically modified foods? To answer these questions, this book looks at the history and use of genetic engineering, as well as regulatory laws and court cases. It provides the opinions and perspectives of scientists, ecologists, corporate interests, religious leaders, politicians and professors on all sides of the issue. It also presents the experiences of people directly affected by genetic engineering, such as researchers, farmers, and patients receiving gene therapy. Supplemented with quotes, anecdotes, and discussions from the pages of USA Today, The Nation's # 1 Newspaper, this book will broaden your understanding of all sides of the issue and help you form your own opinion, either for or against genetic engineering.