Books on Genetic Engineering
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- Genetic Engineering, Food, and our Environment - A Brief Guide
by Luke Anderson - 160 pages, UKpounds 3-95 paperback
Green Books, Foxhole, Dartington, Totnes, Devon. TQ9 6EB - Tel:01803 863260
"The battle over genetic Engineering will run and run. Arm yourself with this book - it's one of the most useful weapons you could choose" - George Monbiot
This book is a powerful, well researched argument against genetic engineering in food and agriculture, designed to answer the main questions people are asking about this new technology.
- GM FREE - A Shoppers Guide to Genetically Modified Food
by Sue Dibb and Dr. Tim Lobstein - of The Food Commission, The UK's leading independent consumer watchdog on food standards.
The Food Commission Publications, 94,White Lion Street, London. N1 9PF - Tel: 0171 837 2250
* Explores the baffling issues surrounding GM food
* Explains how to read labels for GM information and ingredients
* Lists hundreds of brands of GM foods
* Provides contact details for organisations on GM issues
- Eat Your Genes - How Genetically Engineered Food is Entering Our Diet
by Stephen Nottingham - 224 pages, UKpounds 11-95 paperback
Sales, Zed Books, 7,Cynthia Street, London. N1 9JF - Tel: 0171 837 4014/8466
As everyone knows, the biggest changes affecting the food we eat are the result of genetic engineering.
This book describes the techniques used to genetically modify crops and livestock. It explores the food industry's commercial motivations and examines the potenial ecological and health risks involved, the ethical issues, and the likely impact on developing countries. The author argues that the promises held out by genetic engineering of ending world hunger and making possible a more eco-frienly agriculture are far from being fulfilled.
Never before has Science been likely to have such an impact on our lives. Consumer choice, health and safety, the environment, the freedom of traditional breeders and growers to improve major food crops, and justice towards the Third World are all at stake. As public debate about the desirability of genetically modified food mounts, this is the book to help you think through what is involved
- Genetic Engineering, Dream or Nightmare
The Brave New World of Bad Science and Big Business.
by Professor Mae-Wan Ho - Published by Gateway Books
ISBN 1 85860 051 0 - UKpounds 9.95
available Schumacher Book Service - tel:01803 868547 - email:firstname.lastname@example.org
The Myths of Genetic Engineering
Text based on this book
- Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge.
Green Books, Foxhole, Dartington, Totnes, Devon. TQ9 6EB - Tel: 01803 863260
ISBN 1 870098 74 9 - UKpounds 7.95 p'back
* Vandana Shiva's new book shows how Western Powers, following in the footsteps of Columbus, are
using patenting and genetic engineering to re-colonize the Third World. Denying the value of
indigenous knowledge developed over many generations, the West is attempting to colonize life
* Vandana Shiva is one of the world's most dynamic and provocative thinkers on the environment,
women's rights and international affairs. A physicist, ecologist and activist, she won the
Right Livelihood Award(also know as the Alternative Nobel Prize) in 1993. She is Director of the
Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology.
- Against the Grain: Biotechnology and the Corporate Takeover of Your Food
by Marc Lappe and Britt Bailey
Common Courage Press, 1998, 163pp, US$14.95, p'back, ISBN 1 56751 150 3
Three days before the book was scheduled to go to print the original publisher pulled out due
to a letter it received from Monsanto.
What better recommendation could you ask for?!
- Patenting, Piracy and Perverted Promises
Patenting Life: The last assault on the commons.
Call Gaia on 0171 435 5000
- The Life Industry: Biodiversity, people and profits.
by Miges Baumann, Janet Bell, Florianne Koechlin and Michel Pimbert.
Intermediate Technology Publications, 103-5, Southampton Row, London. WC1B 4HH.
ISBN 1 85399 341 X - 214pp - UKpounds 11.95, US$18.95 p'back
Extract from Review in The Ecologist by Dr. Mae-Wan Ho, Biology Dept, Open University, UK:
"If you read this book, you will see, if you don't already, why the future of our planet, the
future of humanity, and so much of what it means to be human, are all hanging in the balance.
That is why so many of the authors are campaigning against patents on life and genetic
- The Food We Eat
by Joanna Blythman, Britain's leading investigative food journalist.
ISBN 0 7181 3912 7 - UKpounds 7.99 p'back
available from the Soil Association - 0117 914 2446
Only a small part about genetically engineered food, but essential reading and reference work,
telling you how to sort out the real food from the over-processed, contaminated stuff.
- The Biotech Century: Harnessing the Gene and Remaking the World
by Jeremy Rifkin
Tarcher Putnam - US$24.99, ISBN 0 87477 909 X
A very readable overview of developments within the field of GE.
- The Organic Directory - Your Guide to buying Natural Foods in Britain
Compiled & Edited by Clive Litchfield
Published by Green Earth Books - ISBN 1 900322 03 X - UKpounds 8.95 p'back
available from the Soil Association - 0117 914 2446
Organic Food - Producers, Wholesalers, Retailers, Mail Order, Farm Gate Sales, Box Schemes,
Restaurants, Delivery Service, etc.
- Biopolitics - Feminist and Ecological Reader on Biotechnology
Edited by Vandana Shiva and Ingunn Moser.
Zed Books, London and New York, 1995. 294pp. ISBN 1-85649-336-9
This anthology aims "to create acknowledgement and recognition of the problematic status of
biotechnology in discussions of global ecology and sustainable development, and to mobilize
discourses and communities to act on this recognition". The editors consider it crucial that
alternative directions within biology, medicine and agriculture, and critiques of science and
technology are no longer marginalized in debates over genetic engineering.
- Spoiled - The Dangerous Truth About a Food Chain Gone Haywire -
by Nicols Fox
Published by Harper Collins - $25.00 in hardback
Provides ample evidence that the routine U.S. practices of feeding antibiotics, steroids,
hormones, rendered animal parts, and feces to intensively confined animals, using them
essentially "as garbage dumps for agricultural waste" is literally poisoning the nation
and laying the groundwork for disaster.
- The Human Body Shop - by Andrew Kimbrell
An excellent book about genetic technology and its hazards.
"We are moving towards corporate ownership of the entire human genome. In the past, the
human body was considered a common heritage that we all owned and could not be owned by
a particular company, especially not our own genes! We are now seeing a full-scale
invasion of the market into the body commons. This is a very unfortunate development
that needs to be stopped as quickly as possible."
- Theology and Biotechnology: Implications for a New Science
by Celia Deane-Drummond
Geoffrey Chapman(Cassell), London, 1997 - 162pp - UKpounds 15.99, p'back, ISBN 0-225-66849-1
- The Ecological Risks of Engineered Crops
by Jane Rissler and Margaret Mellon
MIT Press, 1996. One of the key texts on GE and the environment.
- Biotechnology, Weapons and Humanity
British Medical Association, London, 1999.
Covers the issue of GE and biological warfare.
- Exploding the Gene Myth
by Ruth Hubbard and Elijah Wald
Beacon Press, 1997. A critique of genetic determinism.
- Brave New Worlds: Staying Human in the Genetic Future
by Bryan Appleyard, Viking Press, New York, 1998.
Explores human GE issues.
- Farmageddon: Food and the Culture of Biotechnology
by Brewster Kneen, New Society, Gabriola Island, BC, 1999.
Critique of GE as reductionist science, motivated by corporate profit.
- The Human Body Shop: The Engineering and Marketing of Life
by Andrew Kimbrell, HarperSanFrancisco, 1993.
Accessible introduction to the commercialisation of the human body.
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