The Role of Biotechnology in a Sustainable Food Supply

The Role of Biotechnology in a Sustainable Food Supply

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A challenge of our generation is the creation of an efficient system providing sustainable food and fuel from the land whilst also preserving biodiversity and ecosystems. We must feed a human population that is expected to grow to more than nine billion by mid-century. Agricultural biotechnology is one tool that holds potential promise to alleviate hunger and poverty. However, there are complex and interrelated scientific, social, political and ethical questions regarding the widespread use of biotechnology in the food supply. This edited volume discusses diverse perspectives on sustainable food production systems in terms of challenges, opportunities, success stories, barriers and risks associated with agricultural and food biotechnology. The effects of biotechnology on the environment, ethical and moral issues, potential changes to government policies and economics, and social implications are summarised. This book will interest students, professionals and researchers from the areas of bioengineering, agriculture and ecosystem science to economics and political science.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 29 b/w illus. 21 tables
  • 1139229605
  • 9781139229609

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"This work represents a fair and wide-ranging exploration of the economic, environmental, and moral repercussions of genetically engineered crops." -M.J. Stone, Choiceshow more

Table of contents

1. World population growth and food supply William H. Meyers and Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes; 2. Social challenges: public opinion and agricultural biotechnology Dominique Brossard; 3. Loving biotechnology: ethics considerations Lowell E. Grisham; 4. Biotechnology in crop production Eric S. Sachs; 5. Biotechnology and the control of viral diseases of crops Jason R. Cavatorta, Stewart M. Gray and Molly M. Jahn; 6. Animal biotechnologies and agricultural sustainability Alison Van Eenennaam and William Muir; 7. Genetically engineered crops can be part of a sustainable food supply: food and food safety issues Peggy G. Lenaux; 8. Ecological considerations in biotechnology: ecological concerns and environmental risks at transgenic crops Mark K. Sears and Jeffrey D. Wolt; 9. Organic agriculture as an alternative to a GE-based system Erin Silva; 10. A case study of rice: from traditional breeding to genomics: rice-food for the gods Pamela Ronald; 11. Case study: healthy grown potatoes and sustainability of Wisconsin potato production Alvin J. Bussan, Deana Knuteson, Jed Colquhoun, Larry Binning, Shelley Jansky, Jiming Jiang, Paul D. Mitchell, Walter R. Stevenson, Russ Groves, Jeff Wyman, Matt Ruark and Keith Kelling; 12. Precautionary practice of risk assessment Caroline Baier-Anderson and Michelle Mauthe Harvey; 13. Risk assessment approaches and implications Jose Falck-Zepeda and Anthony J. Cavalieri; 14. The context of biotechnology in sustainable agriculture Marty D. Matlock; 15. Agricultural biotechnology: equity and prosperity Gregory D. Graff and David Zilbeman.show more