Genetic Engineering, Food and Our Environment
A Brief Guide
By: Luke Anderson
Publication Date: February 2000
‘The battle over genetic engineering will run and run. Arm yourself with this book – it’s one of the most useful weapons you could choose.’
– George Monbiot, Professor of Environmental Sciences, University of East London
What is genetic engineering? Why are genetically engineered foods being introduced? What are the implications for health, farming and the environment? Is genetic engineering needed to feed the growing world population? Why are living organisms being patented? Who is making the crucial decisions about the future of our food supply? What can you do if you are concerned about these issues?
These are the questions raised and, to the extent possible, answered in this clear, concise guide to the labyrinth of genetic modification of food crops. Multinational corporations want us to believe that this food is safe. Critics argue that governments are sacrificing environmental and health safeguards in favour of commercial interests. In Ireland, the debate has only just begun – and reliable information is thin on the ground. Luke Anderson’s book is a clear-eyed guide for the lay reader who wants to understand the science, the politics and the economics of the genetic modification of food.
‘Crisply written, keenly argued, tightly and extensively researched.’ – Customer review
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
LUKE ANDERSON is a journalist and campaigner who specializes in issues related to genetic engineering.