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Genetic engineering in agriculture : the myths, environmental risks, and alternatives

Author: Miguel A Altieri; Institute for Food and Development Policy (Oakland, Calif.)
Publisher: Oakland, CA : Food First ; Chicago, IL : Distributed by LPC Group, ©2001.
Series: Food First special report, no. 1.
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Altieri, Miguel A.
Genetic engineering in agriculture.
Oakland, CA : Food First ; Chicago, IL : Distributed by LPC Group, c2001
(OCoLC)664763616
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Miguel A Altieri; Institute for Food and Development Policy (Oakland, Calif.)
ISBN: 0935028854 9780935028850
OCLC Number: 45841620
Description: xii, 87 p. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Ch. 1. Biotechnology, World Hunger, and the Welfare of Farmers --
Hungry people in the midst of plenty --
What about golden rice? --
Does biotechnology increase yields? --
What are the costs to American farmers? --
Will biotechnology benefit poor farmers? --
Ch. 2. Genetically Modified Crops and Human Health --
Are transgenic crops similar to conventionally bred crops? --
Are transgenic crops safe to eat? --
Ch. 3. Biotechnology, Agriculture, and the Environment --
Herbicide resistance --
Herbicides kill more than weeds --
Creation of "superweeds" --
Ch. 4. Environmental Risks of Insect-Resistant Crops (Bt Crops) --
Resistance --
Effects on nontarget species --
precautionary tale --
Ch. 5. More Sustainable Alternatives to Biotechnology Do Exist --
What is agroecology? --
Some success stories from Latin America --
Organic farming --
What is needed?
Series Title: Food First special report, no. 1.
Responsibility: Miguel Altieri.

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