First the Seed: The Political Economy of Plant Biotechnology

First the Seed: The Political Economy of Plant Biotechnology

Paperback Science and Technology in Society

By (author) Jack R. Kloppenburg, Other adaptation by Daniel Lee Kleinman, Other adaptation by Jo Handelsman

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  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Format: Paperback | 348 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 31mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 16 March 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Wisconsin
  • ISBN 10: 029919244X
  • ISBN 13: 9780299192440
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: Illustrations, maps
  • Sales rank: 802,972

Product description

"First the Seed "spotlights the history of plant breeding and shows how efforts to control the seed have shaped the emergence of the agricultural biotechnology industry. This second edition of a classic work in the political economy of science includes an extensive, new chapter updating the analysis to include the most recent developments in the struggle over the direction of crop genetic engineering. 1988 Cloth, 1990 Paperback, Cambridge University PressWinner of the Theodore Saloutos Award of the Agricultural History SocietyWinner of the Robert K. Merton Award of the American Sociological Association

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Jack Ralph Kloppenburg Jr. is professor of rural sociology in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Review quote

"Puts the thorny questions raised in the biotechnology debate into historical perspective." - Deborah Fitzgerald, ISIS; "Kloppenburg examines the question of whether society will be able to use our enhanced capabilities for manipulating the genetic code to develop and deploy new plant varieties in ways that are economically productive, socially equitable, and ecologically benign." - Eric Roberts, The Times Higher Education Supplement, London"