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The Role of Biotechnology in a Sustainable Food Supply

William H. Meyers, Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes, Dominique Brossard, Lowell E. Grisham, Eric S. Sachs, Jason R. Cavatorta, Stewart M. Gray, Molly M. Jahn, Alison Van Eenennaam, William Muir, Peggy G. Lemaux, Mark K. Sears, Jeffrey D. Wolt, Erin Silva, Pamela Ronald, 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, Keith Kelling, Caroline Baier-Anderson, Michelle Mauthe Harvey, Jose Falck-Zepeda, Anthony J. Cavalieri, Marty D. Matlock, Gregory D. Graff, David Zilberman
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  • Date Published: January 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521192347

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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.

    • Discusses the challenges associated with providing sustainable food for our ever-growing population
    • Crosses a number of fields, such as engineering, plant sciences, genetics, economics, policy-making and other social sciences
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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, Choice

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    • Date Published: January 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521192347
    • length: 296 pages
    • dimensions: 260 x 182 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.8kg
    • contains: 29 b/w illus. 21 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • 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.

  • Editors

    Jennie S. Popp, University of Arkansas
    Jennie Popp is a Professor of Agricultural Economics and Area Director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability at the University of Arkansas. Her research areas include the economics of water and soil quality, risk management for agricultural producers and assessment of best management practices for agriculture.

    Molly M. Jahn, University of Wisconsin, Madison
    Marty Matlock is a Professor of Ecological Engineering and Area Director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability at the University of Arkansas. He is a Certified Senior Ecologist with the Ecological Society of America and a Registered Professional Engineer. His research area is in the design and management of ecosystem services, with a focus on water resources.

    Marty D. Matlock, University of Arkansas
    Nathan Kemper is the TAA Program Coordinator for the Southern Risk Management Education Center. He coordinates the efforts of a team made up of Cooperative Extension Service and SeaGrant faculty and staff and industry representatives in thirteen Southern Region States to develop curricula and deliver training and cash payments to farmers and fishermen to help them adjust their business practices in response to increased import competition.

    Nathan P. Kemper, University of Arkansas
    Molly Jahn is a Professor in the Laboratory of Genetics and Department of Agronomy at the University of Madison, Wisconsin and Special Advisor to the Chancellor and Provost for Sustainability Sciences. She has had a distinguished research career in plant genetics and genomics and plant breeding of vegetable crops, focusing on the molecular genetics of disease resistance and quality traits.

    Contributors

    William H. Meyers, Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes, Dominique Brossard, Lowell E. Grisham, Eric S. Sachs, Jason R. Cavatorta, Stewart M. Gray, Molly M. Jahn, Alison Van Eenennaam, William Muir, Peggy G. Lemaux, Mark K. Sears, Jeffrey D. Wolt, Erin Silva, Pamela Ronald, 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, Keith Kelling, Caroline Baier-Anderson, Michelle Mauthe Harvey, Jose Falck-Zepeda, Anthony J. Cavalieri, Marty D. Matlock, Gregory D. Graff, David Zilberman

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