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Tomorrow's Table

Organic Farming, Genetics, And The Future Of Food

By Pamela C Ronald

By the year 2050, Earth's population will double. If we continue with current farming practices, vast amounts of wilderness will be lost, millions of birds and billions of insects will die, and the public will lose billions of dollars as a consequence of environmental degradation. Clearly, there must be a better way to meet the need for increased food production.

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, take the reader inside their lives for roughly a year, allowing us to look over their shoulders so that we can see what geneticists and organic farmers actually do. The reader sees the problems that farmers face, trying to provide larger yields without resorting to expensive or environmentally hazardous chemicals, a problem that will loom larger and larger as the century progresses. They learn how organic farmers and geneticists address these problems.

This book is for consumers, farmers, and policy decision makers who want to make food choices and policy that will support ecologically responsible farming practices. It is also for anyone who wants accurate information about organic farming, genetic engineering, and their potential impacts on human health and the environment.

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Book

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Publish Date

2008

ISBN

9780195301755


Format: Book
Author: Ronald, Pamela C
Title: Tomorrow's table : organic farming, genetics, and the future of food / Pamela C. Ronald, Raoul W. Adamchak.
Publisher Date: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
Subject: Food -- Biotechnology Genetically modified foods Organic farming Genetic engineering
Isbn: 9780195301755 (alk. paper) 0195301757 (alk. paper)
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Call Number: 664 Ron
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Bib Id: 297235

Format: Book
Author: Ronald, Pamela C.
Title: Tomorrow's table : organic farming, genetics, and the future of food / Pamela C. Ronald, Raoul W. Adamchak.
Publisher, Date: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
Description: xviii, 208 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm.
Subjects: Food -- Biotechnology
Subjects: Genetically modified foods
Subjects: Organic farming
Subjects: Genetic engineering
Other Author: Adamchak, Raoul W., 1953-
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 179-197) and index.
Contents: Cultivating sacred rice in Nihe, China and Davis, California -- Why organic agriculture? -- The tools of organic agriculture -- The tools of genetic engineering -- Legislating lunch -- Who can we trust? -- Is GE food risky to eat? -- Conserving wildlands -- Weeds, gene flow, and the environment -- Who owns the seed? -- Who owns the genes? -- Deconstructing dinner: genetically engineered, organically grown.
Contents: Cultivating sacred rice in Nihe, China and Davis, California -- Why organic agriculture? -- The tools of organic agriculture -- The tools of genetic engineering -- Legislating lunch -- Who can we trust? -- Is GE food risky to eat? -- Conserving wildlands -- Pollen flow and the environment -- Who owns the seed? -- Who owns the genes? -- Deconstructing dinner: genetically engineered, organically grown.
LCCN: 2007007071
ISBN: 9780195301755 (alk. paper)
ISBN: 0195301757 (alk. paper)
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Call Number: 664 Ron