Tomorrow's Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food

Tomorrow's Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food

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By (author) Pamela C. Ronald, By (author) Raoul W. Adamchak

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 232 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 234mm x 20mm | 249g
  • Publication date: 4 February 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0195393570
  • ISBN 13: 9780195393576
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 7 black and white halftones, 1 line illustration
  • Sales rank: 280,489

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Written as part memoir, part instruction, and part contemplation, Tomorrow's Table argues that a judicious blend of two important strands of agriculture-genetic engineering and organic farming-is key to helping feed the world's growing population in an ecologically balanced manner. Pamela Ronald, a geneticist, and her husband, Raoul Adamchak, an organic farmer, welcome us into their lives for roughly a year, allowing us to look over their shoulders and see what geneticists and organic farmers actually do. We learn how the couple, who share the goal of a sustainable agriculture, work together to tackle such issues as that of farmers trying to produce higher yields without resorting to environmentally hazardous chemicals-a problem that will loom larger as the world's population increases. A colorfully written, insightful look at genetic engineering and organic farming, this book will interest consumers, farmers, and policy makers.

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Pamela C. Ronald is a Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of California, Davis. Raoul Adamchak is the Market-Garden Coordinator at the UC Davis Student Farm.

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Interspersed with nuggets of science, home made recipes (really) and anecdotes. Biologist

Table of contents

FOREWORD BY SIR GORDON CONWAY ; PREFACE. PAM & RAOUL ; 1. . Cultivating Sacred Rice in Nihe, China and Davis, California (Pam) ; SECTION: THE FARM ; 2. . Why Organic Agriculture? (Raoul) ; 3. The Tools of Organic Agriculture (Raoul) ; SECTION: THE LAB ; 4. The Tools of Genetic Engineering (Pam) ; SECTION: CONSUMERS ; 5. . Legislating Lunch (Pam) ; 6. . Who Can We Trust? (Pam) ; 7. Is GE Food Risky to Eat? (Pam) ; SECTION: THE ENVIRONMENT ; 8. Conserving Wildlands (Pam) ; 9. Pollen Flow and the Environment (Pam) ; SECTION: OWNERSHIP ; 10. Who Owns the Seed? (Raoul) ; 11. Who Owns the Genes? (Pam) ; SECTION: DINNER ; 12. . Deconstructing Dinner: Genetically Engineered, Organically Grown (Pam & Raoul) ; GLOSSARY