Biotechnology: changing the face of the earth?
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CTA. 1991. Biotechnology: changing the face of the earth? . Spore 31. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Miracle or menace? Biotechnology and the Third World, Robert Walgate 199 pp, 1990, ISBN 1 870670 183 price UKL6.95, The Panos Institute, 9 White Lion Street, London N1 9PD, UK Beyond Mendel's garden: biotechnology in the service of agricultu
Two recent books expIore the advances in biotechnology which, during the next century, may change the face of the world. Biotechnology may be the key to providing sufficient food for the world's growing population; it may conquer disease; and it may drastically reduce the number of chemical pesticides and fertilizers which currently destroy the ecology, nature's balance. Miracle or menace? Biotechnology and the Third World, a Panos Dossier by Robert Walgate, describes the process by which biotechnology takes control of evolution, and then proceeds to make clear its implications for the developing countries. It ends with the sombre question, in whose interest is this science being developed? Whether it becomes a miracle solution or a threat depends entirely on how it is used and controlled, and ultimately perhaps, by whom. This is a thought-provoking book, clearly presented and easily read. In the final chapter the author's conclusions are set out with clarity. Beyond Mendel's garden: biotechnology in the service of world agriculture, by Gabrielle Persley, is the first in the CAB International series on Biotechnology in Agriculture. It is a non-specialist book, focusing more on policy and socio-economic issues than on the science itself. It is aimed at a wide readership, policy-makers, nonspecialist scientists, students and teachers, concerned with aspects of agriculture and Third World development. The contents include explorations of policy options; constraints to agricultural productivity; assessment of technology; socio-economic issues, biotechnology in both industrialized and developing countries; environment and regulation; patents, international research centres; World Bank investment; options for international development agencies. Miracle or menace? Biotechnology and the Third World, Robert Walgate 199 pp, 1990, ISBN 1 870670 183 price UKL6.95, The Panos Institute, 9 White Lion Street, London N1 9PD, UK Beyond Mendel's garden: biotechnology in the service of agriculture, Gabrielle Persley, 176 pp 1990, ISBN 0 85198 682 X, price UKL11.95, US$21.00 CAB International, Wallingford Oxon OX10 8DE, UK
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