Food Inc

Author: Peter Pringle
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1439103844
Release Date: 2010-05-11
Genre: Science

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

Author: Peter Pringle
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743226119
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Health & Fitness

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

Author: Peter Pringle
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 074326763X
Release Date: 2005-02-21
Genre: Science

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

Author: Nina V. Fedoroff
Publisher: Joseph Henry Press
ISBN: 9780309531856
Release Date: 2004-10-14
Genre: Science

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

Author: Karl Weber
Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com
ISBN: 9781458759719
Release Date: 2010-05-21
Genre: Health & Fitness

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

Author: Denise Caruso
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: STANFORD:36105123393584
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Science

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.

A History of Global Consumption

Author: Ina Baghdiantz McCabe
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781317652656
Release Date: 2014-08-27
Genre: History

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

Author: Mirko Zardini
Publisher: Lars Muller Publishers
ISBN: UOM:39015064912291
Release Date: 2005-10-28
Genre: Architecture

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.

Future Perfect

Author: Nancy Kress
Publisher: Phoenix Pick
ISBN: 161242063X
Release Date: 2012-02
Genre: Fiction

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.

Day of the Dandelion

Author: Peter Pringle
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781416556459
Release Date: 2007-05-22
Genre: Fiction

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

Author: J. Somerville Park
Publisher: Provident House Llc
ISBN: 061585625X
Release Date: 2014-11-01
Genre: Business & Economics

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.

A First Course in Wine

Author: Dan Amatuzzi
Publisher: Race Point Publishing
ISBN: 9781610589956
Release Date: 2013-10-01
Genre: Cooking

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

Stolen Harvest

Author: Vandana Shiva
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 9780813166797
Release Date: 2016-01-05
Genre: Business & Economics

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.

Those Are Real Bullets

Author: Peter Pringle
Publisher: Grove Press
ISBN: 0802138799
Release Date: 2002-02-01
Genre: History

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.

Hungry Corporations

Author: Helena Paul
Publisher: Zed Books
ISBN: 1842773011
Release Date: 2003
Genre: Business & Economics

'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.