Food, Inc. has ratings and 24 reviews. Torrey said: The Book that I read for this assignment is called Food Inc. The author of this book is Peter Pri. Summary. A balanced and well-researched account of the dispute over genetically modified foods. The British government must make a decision by Spring So little ground has shifted in the genetically modified food debate that a twelve- year old volume remains pertinent today. Food, Inc. examines a.

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Food, Inc.: Mendel to Monsanto–The Promises and Perils of the Biotech Harvest

Consider some points in the book: In the hawkweed case, Mendel had accepted a challenge from a German professor of botany to crossbreed varieties of hawkweed and figure out what happened to the plant through successive generations.

Cotton and potatoes also had this crap. The companies claim msndel be leading a new agricultural revolution that will save the world with crops modified to survive frost, drought, pests, and plague.

In Chapter 7, ” Anatomy of a poisoned butterfly”, Peter talks mknsanto how the butterfly is endangered of being extinct. I thought it was very helpful in clearing up questions that may arise involving genetically-modified foods.

Mendel’s Little Secret One of the most cherished dreams of plant breeders has been to find a way to transform corn and other cereal grains into super-plants able to reproduce themselves You are either in favour or you are not. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Amazon Renewed Refurbished monzanto with a warranty.

Food, Inc. : Mendel to Monsanto–the promises and perils of the biotech harvest

It could create new allergies, upset ecosystems, destroy biodiversity, and produce uncontrollable mutations. Read more Read less. So Shall We Reap. Like the way big corporations have exploited poor farmer’s monasnto underdeveloped countries and mnedel GM foods affect the economy of third world countries. Under the right conditions, beta-carotene can be converted in the human fooe to vitamin A, which is missing in the diet of millions of poor people, causing blindness and defective immune systems.


After his death, all his personal and scientific papers were burned, possibly by a rival monk, in a huge bonfire in the monastery courtyard where his greenhouse had once stood.

The British scientist and activist Mae-Wan Ho, is virulently refuted over her arguments on the instability of transgenic organisms containing mosaic viruses p.

In failing to offer important details about issues like Dr. The regulations are SO lax that it is really scary!!!!! They were as arrogant about their new “miracle” foods as the monsantto power industry had been about the “peaceful” atom in the s. I have watched the movie and it shifted my perspective on the food industry Dec 20, Katie rated it really liked it Shelves: But alas, that is not the world we live in.

This site uses cookies. They only care about their health and safety, and the flavour of their food.

Food, Inc.: Mendel to Monsanto–The Promises and Perils of the Biotech Harvest by Peter Pringle

I’d have liked to see the documentary too but I don’t think it played outside of New York or L. The evidence i have of this is a quote from the text. The proof that i have is this quote ” Biopiracy, cried Vandana Shiva”. Once again, only those who could afford the new package survived. It is hard to know the long term consequences of our actions as a society. In this urgent dispatch, he suggests that a fertile partnership between consumers, mndel, scientists, and farmers could still allow the biotech harvest to reach its full potential in helping to overcome the problem of world hunger, providing mencel food and keeping the environment healthy.

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I only give it 2 stars instead of 1 because there was a few interesting facts about rice and how industrializing agriculture saved a billion people from starving. This gives a well-balanced account of the many arguments on both sides of the GM debate. Golden rice created a possible change in the food supply that Mendel could not have fathomed from his monastery garden, any more than he could comprehend the strange sexuality of hawkweeds and dandelions.


Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: A frightening look at the food industry. He lives in New York City.

The improvements never reached the poorest farmers in Africa. Alot of fpod events covered in this book were also covered in one of my favorite documentaries, The Future of Food, and it was interesting to see them in a more detailed medium.

This book isn’t as extensive or well researched as “The World A The author presents an mendep discussion of genetically modified crops. I’m hoping that by watching the documentary I will be able to retain some of the facts a bit better.

They boasted, “We’ve invented fire. The application of genetic engineering to crop plants, by allowing a desirable gene from one species to be inserted into another species, offered agribusiness a new method of control.

You don’t have to imagine it: They have been around for a hundred years, since the application of Mendel’s laws of heredity slowly turned crop breeding from a rural art into a science. For an introduction to current themes in agriculture and biotechnology, Food, Inc.

For the sake of being concise and organized in the conveying of the two ideologues, begin in the part one of the book by discussing the actions, ideas, and words of the “in favour” camp.

Food, Inc, discusses a controversy on the impact of Bt corn pollen on potted common milkweed plants, which host the butterflies. Some governments have refused to approve planting of new genetically modified crops, pending further investigation.

This farming revolution passed by most of the world’s farmers, who, being poor, continued to use manual tools and raise crop plants and animals that benefited little from the intense breeding of improved varieties.