ISBN13:978-0312302634 ISBN10: 0312302630 This edition has also been released as: ISBN13: 978-0312265755 ISBN10: 0312265751
Summary: Biotech companies are racing to alter the genetic building blocks of the world's food. In the United States, the primary venue for this quiet revolution, the acreage of genetically modified crops has soared from zero to 70 million acres since 1996. More than half of America's processed grocery products-from cornflakes to granola bars to diet drinks-contain gene-altered ingredients. But the U.S., unlike Europe and other democratic nations, does not require labeling of
modified food. Dinner at the New Gene Café expertly lays out the battle lines of the impending collision between a powerful but unproved technology and a gathering resistance from people worried about the safety of genetic change.
Summary: Biotech companies are racing to alter the genetic building blocks of the world's food. In the United States, the primary venue for this quiet revolution, the acreage of genetically modified crops has soared from zero to 70 million acres since 1996. More than half of America's processed grocery products-from cornflakes to granola bars to diet drinks-contain gene-altered ingredients. But the U.S., unlike Europe and other democratic nations, does not require labeling of modified food. Dinner at the New Gene Café expertly lays out the battle lines of the impending collision between a powerful but unproved technology and a gathering resistance from people worried about the safety of genetic change. ...show less
Edition/Copyright:01 Cover: Paperback Publisher:St. Martins Press, Inc. Published: 12/01/2002 International: No
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Lambrecht, Bill :
Bill Lambrecht writes about environment and natural resource issues for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. His journalism prizes include three Raymond Clapper Awards for Washington Reporting, one of them in 1999 for his articles on genetic engineering around the world. He lives in Fairhaven, Maryland.
"Lambrecht's work on this vital topic not only led the rest of the world media, but also gave government leaders in many countries their first clue of what was happening within their borders . . . His style of reporting and writing not only vividly explains this complex topic to the reader, but he does it with color and background that makes the book a great read."
--Andrew Schneider, Senior National Correspondent, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Lambrecht does a terrific job humanizing this story . . . This is a fine work by a journalist who knows his subject."
"Gives both sides of the issue a fair, informative, sympathetic and often fascinating hearing."
--The Vancouver Sun
"The first great story of the new century, and Bill Lambrecht owns it. At the juncture of science and politics, he reports and writes with unmodified purity."
--Richard Ben Cramer, author of Joe DiMaggio: The Hero's Life and What It Takes: The Way to the White House
"Dinner at the New Gene Café gives consumers, farmers, and environmentalists plenty of food for thought about the need to take food policy control away from the corporate profiteers."
--Jim Hightower, author of If the Gods Had Meant Us to Vote They Would Have Given Us Candidates
"Stunningly comprehensive and intensely absorbing. Should be required reading for anyone who eats."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred)
"Genetically modified food has mobilized intense, fearful, anticapitalist, and antiglobalist opposition, especially in the past three years, when the most visible developer of this type of food, Monsanto in St. Louis, has tried to export its products to Europe. This report by a St. Louis Post-Dispatch writer covers in detail the company's research into the genetic engineering of plants, the reception of its new products among several farmers in Illinois, and the public-relations and political battles that swirled around 'Frankenfood,' to use its critics' pejorative. Lambrecht also writes about the reactions of advocacy groups, both business associations supporting genetically modified food and the constellation of self-avowed environmental groups opposing it. He then reports on the studies, international conferences, regulatory decisions, and occasional acts of vandalism that have taken place. An inquisitive, evenhanded work by a knowledgeable journalist, this puts the cacophony of generally negative headlines about the subject into perspective."
--Gilbert Taylor, Booklist
"This book captures the mystery, potentials, and perils of modified genes in mankind's food chain. It's a thriller. It's genetic yin and yang. It's reporting from across the globe by a superb political and environmental journalist. And it may change your life."
"Lambrecht takes what could be a dry topic and dishes out a great read for those who wonder--or worry--what this brave new world is likely to yield."
--The Washington Post
"If we are what we eat, everyone should be concerned about the story Lambrecht tells."
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