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Mendel in the Kitchen

Mendel in the Kitchen - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0309097383

Cover of Mendel in the Kitchen 04 (ISBN 978-0309097383)
ISBN13: 978-0309097383
ISBN10: 030909738X
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 04
Publisher: National Academy Press
Published: 2004
International: No

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Mendel in the Kitchen - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0309097383

Nina V. Fedoroff and Nancy Marie Brown

ISBN13: 978-0309097383
ISBN10: 030909738X
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 04
Publisher: National Academy Press

Published: 2004
International: No
Summary

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 28000 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 dangerous to change the nature of nature itself? Nina V. Fedoroff a leading geneticist and recognized expert in biotechnology answers these questions and more. Addressing the fear and mistrust that is rapidly spreading Fedoroff and her co-author science writer Nancy Marie Brown weave a narrative rich in history technology and science to dispel the many myths and misunderstandings. In the end Fedoroff argues 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.

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