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By Steve Talbott, Craig Holdrege

The Human Genome undertaking introduced in 2003 that it had effectively mapped the content material of the human DNA Scientists, politicians, theologians, and pundits speculated approximately what could keep on with. "Beyond Biotechnology: The Barren Promise of Genetic Engineering" distinguishes among hype and fact, studying the fragile dating among technological know-how and nature. Authors Craig Holdrege and Steve Talbott overview the present country of genetic technological know-how and think about its strength functions, in addition to attainable risks. The authors illustrate how the preferred view of genetics doesn't comprise an realizing of ways genes interact inside of organisms, contending that those simplistic perspectives result in unrealistic expectancies and, finally, sadness. Written for lay readers, "Beyond Biotechnology" is an available advent to the complicated global of genetic engineering.

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31 other words, Green Revolution agriculture means importing a whole environment that makes higher yields possible. While per capita food production in South America and India, for example, has increased during the last three decades, the number of hungry people has increased at an even greater rate (Rosset and Mittal 2000 and 2001; see also Rosset 2005). This is one of the more grotesque “side-effects” of the Green Revolution. “India is faced with an unmanageable food glut. From a food grain surplus of 10 million tons in 1999, the stocks have multiplied to 42 million tons.

Why does the FDA demand labeling of orange juice from concentrate? Surely it is not a safety issue, and just as surely the agency is not raising a question about “sub- We Label Orange Juice, Why Not Genetically Modified Food? • 45 stantial equivalence” with fresh-squeezed orange juice, right? ” A simple and clear answer (from an FDA employee who did not work on GM issues). ” The scientists investigate only a select number of known nutrients and antinutrients. Other substances (“nonnutrients”) that are produced, expectedly or unexpectedly, through genetic engineering are not taken into account.

In the United States—as elsewhere—hunger and food insecurity are related to a lack of money to buy food. 5 million food-insecure American households receive some form of assistance through food stamps, free school lunches, and food pantries. Without this (albeit inadequate) safety net, which is funded largely by the federal government, the extent of hunger in the United States would be much greater. As one might expect, the most needy people are those with incomes below the poverty line (in 2007 set at $20,650 per year for a family of four), households with children (especially single-parent households), and minorities (African Americans and Hispanics).

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