Dinner at the New Gene Café: How Genetic Engineering Is Changing What We Eat, How We Live, and the Global Politics of Food

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Macmillan, Apr 1, 2007 - Science - 400 pages
Biotech companies are racing to alter the genetic building blocks of the world's food. In the United States, the primary venue for this quiet revolution, the acreage of genetically modified crops has soared from zero to 70 million acres since 1996. More than half of America's processed grocery products-from cornflakes to granola bars to diet drinks-contain gene-altered ingredients. But the U.S., unlike Europe and other democratic nations, does not require labeling of modified food. Dinner at the New Gene Café expertly lays out the battle lines of the impending collision between a powerful but unproved technology and a gathering resistance from people worried about the safety of genetic change.
 

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A St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter's remarkable survey (winner of the 1998 Raymond Clapper Award) of the history, promise, and unknown dangers of genetically modified foods.According to the vice ... Read full review

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Genetically engineered food, commonly referred to as genetically modified organisms (GMOs), is the subject of this study by Lambrecht, a reporter for the St. Louis Post Dispatch. He describes the ... Read full review

Contents

THE SAGA OF BERTIE AND BERGER
EPILOGUE
ANTIAMERICA ANTIMONSANTO
TROUBLE IN THE COUNTRYSIDE
WARMING UP
A BATTLE FOR PUBLIC OPINION
CONSENSUS CAVIAR
SHIFTING FORTUNES

THE M TEAM
BREAKTHROUGH
SEEDLINGS OF PROTEST
HISTORIC TOMATOES
A PRESIDENT HUMBLED
GOOD ENOUGH?
COORDINATED FRAMEWORK
STUNG
PASSION PLAY FOR A YOUNG POTATO
GENETIC AGE VOCABULARY
THE ROAD TO VITALINS
EATING FOR THE GENOME
GOLDEN DISCOVERY
A THIRD DIMENSION
PROTEIN PARADE
JEREMY RIFKIN
BENEFITS OF GM FOOD FAR OUTWEIGH THE COSTS
ON THE STAGE BIOTECH WANTS TO BE THE STAR
LOURDES BIOAGRONOMY
LAND OF CORN AND BEANS
TROUBLE WITH ENVIROS
HARD CHOICES
HARVEST
FLUSH OF DISCOVERY
RAFI AND THE GENE GIANTS
MISSISSIPPI GAMBLING
DEMON SEED
CORPORATE INERTIA
EMAIL ANALYSIS
ENTER DR CONWAY
IT LIVES
FULLTHROATED ORGANIC DEBATE
THE GREENING OF GLICKMAN
ROAD TO NEW CITY
BLOWIN IN THE WIND
GOING AND COMING
HAND IN HAND INTO THE JUNGLE
DIRTY BUSINESS
VINE OF THE SOUL
BLOOD OF THE DRAGON
IN KUNA LAND
CONTINENTAL CONCERN
RESISTANCE ROMANCE
SABOTAGE
ROOT VEGETABLES
A FARMER STEPS FORWARD
BALLYMALOE COOKERY SCHOOL
QUENTIN AND CLARE
WAR OF THE WORLDS
AFTER MAD COW
AN ALTERNATIVE MODEL FARM
RAPE TO CANOLA
DOWN DEEP A MONSTER LIVES
UNSTOPPABLE ABSOLUTELY UNSTOPPABLE
PUSZTAIS POTATOES
A SABOTAGE
A RISKBENEFIT CALCULATION
THE WINKELRIED EFFECT
FINALLY ADVERTISING
THE POLLTAKER
CURIOUS STRATEGIES
MONSANTOS NEW LEAF
TRACKING THE ENEMY
THE INDUSTRY ARMED
DEATH IN THE FIELDS
THE FATAL CONNECTION
REVOLUTIONARY BACKLASH
A MONSANTO SOLUTION
THE OPPOSITION
DELICATE BALANCE
KNIFE UNSHEATHED
EPILOGUE
ROOTS OF HUNGER
SOLUTIONS IN ORDER
LAND OF GARCIA MARQUEZ
SPROUTING ALLIANCES
A BITING SNAKE
HUNTING FOR MAGIC
TRADE VERSUS THE ENVIRONMENT
A STARCROSSED AFFAIR
PROBIOTECH BLITZ
AFFINITY OF PROTESTERS
A POLITICS OF CULTURE
COLLAPSE
GLOBAL IMPASSE
EXCHAIRMANS LAMENT
GLOBAL UNCERTAINTY
NEW CHAIRMANS HOPE
PRECAUTIONARY TALES
A MODIFIED MEAL
CRITICAL JUNCTURE
HARD BARGAINING
JUANS WAY
AFTERWORD
INDEX
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Bill Lambrecht writes about environment and natural resource issues for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. His journalism prizes include three Raymond Clapper Awards for Washington Reporting, one of them in 1999 for his articles on genetic engineering around the world. He lives in Fairhaven, Maryland.

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