GMO Food: A Reference Handbook, 1st Edition

  • David E. Newton
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  • ISBN-10: 1610696867
  • ISBN-13: 9781610696869
  • DDC: 664
  • Grade Level Range: 12th Grade - College Senior
  • 352 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2015 | Published/Released January 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2015

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Genetic engineering has long been used to impart desirable characteristics to food plants in order to improve crop yield, pest resistance, and herbicide tolerance. Genetic modification of foods, however, has created a storm of controversy everywhere in the world-including the United States. What are the benefits of and risks involved with genetically modified organisms (GMO) and crops? What powerful industry pressures have extended the sale and use of GMO foods and crops globally? And how should consumer food products that involve GM ingredients be labeled? GMO Food: A Reference Handbook addresses these questions and the complex issues involved, allowing readers to fully understand why genetically modified organisms represent one of the most important issues in the 21st century. The book provides clear, factual information and background on the history of genetically modified crops and foods, covering topics such as the historic methods of plant and animal modification (such as cross-breeding) and important discoveries in genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetic engineering, and related fields; the social, political, philosophical, and economic issues that have arisen with these scientific advances; and the laws and regulations that have resulted from the range of attitudes about GMO foods. The book also supplies additional resources for readers performing extensive research in an annotated bibliography of books, articles, reports, and web pages.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Recent Titles in the Contemporary World Issues Series.
Series Notes.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Background and History.
2: Problems, Controversies, and Solutions.
3: Perspectives.
4: A Sledgehammer or a Dart?: Sandy Becker.
5: Genetic Engineering in Agriculture: Uncertainties and Risks: Debal Deb.
6: The U.S. Government should Not Require Genetically Modified Food Labels: Phill Jones.
7: Health Problems Linked to Genetically Modified Crops: Rashmi Nemade.
8: Genetically Modified Organisms: Tony Owen.
9: Genetically Modified Foods in Developing Countries: Santosh Pandey.
10: Genetically Modified Crops in Africa: Fear of the Unknown?: Elizabeth Shoo.
11: Accepting Genetically Modified Crops in India: Sweta.
12: A Growing World Demands New Food Technology: Susan Young.
13: Profiles.
14: American Academy of Environmental Medicine.
15: Biological Regulatory Services.
16: Biotechnology Industry Organization.
17: José Bové (1953–).
18: Herbert Boyer (1936–).
19: Canadian Biotechnology Action Network.
20: Center for Food Safety.
21: Mary-Dell Chilton (1939–).
22: Stanley N. Cohen (1935–).
23: Council for Biotechnology Information.
24: CropGen.
25: Food & Water Watch.
26: Robert T. Fraley (1953–).
27: John E. Franz (1929–).
28: Dennis Gonsalves (1943–).
29: Greenpeace International.
30: Greenpeace United States.
31: Institute for Responsible Technology.
32: International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications.
33: John D. Kemp (1940–).
34: Steve Lindow (1951–).
35: Mark Lynas (1973–).
36: Monsanto.
37: Non-GMO Project.
38: Organic Consumers Association.
39: Ingo Potrykus (1933–).
40: Maxine Singer (1931–).
41: Marc van Montagu (1933–).
42: World Health Organization.
43: Data and Documents.
44: Data.
45: Documents.
46: Plant Patent Act of 1930.
47: Diamond v. Chakrabarty, 447 U.S. 303 (1980).
48: Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology (1986).
49: Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (2000).
50: Guidance for Industry: Voluntary Labeling Indicating Whether Foods have or have not been Developed Using Bioengineering (2001).
51: Regulation of Genetically Modified Foods by the European Union (2003).
52: Mendocino County (California) Ban on Genetically Modified Crops (2004).
53: The Safety of Genetically Modified Foods, Gao Report (2002).
54: Invoking of Preemption (North Dakota, Sb2277; 2005).
55: Monsanto Co. v. Geertson Seed Farms, 561 U.S. ___ (2010).
56: Proposition 37. Genetically Engineered Foods. Labeling. Initiative Statute (2012).
57: Bowman v. Monsanto, et al. 569 U.S. 11-796 (2013).
58: H. R. 1699 (2013).
59: Raised Bill No. 6519, State of Connecticut (2013).
Resources for Further Research.
Internet Sources.
About the Author.