Overcoming Illusions About Biotechnology

Nicanor Perlas

Overcoming Illusions About Biotechnology

Nicanor Perlas

Distributed for Zed Books

119 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5 | © 1994  
Paper $34.95 ISBN: 9781856493048 Published December 1994 For sale in North and South America only
Proponents of the new biotechnologies claim how wonderful their benefits will be to agriculture and human health. But scientists and citizen groups are also increasingly concerned about the potential costs and adverse effects of these biotechnologies, especially genetic engineering.

This book, by a Filipino scientist and a major practitioner of sustainable agriculture, begins with a general critique of the new agriculture biotechnologies. it then examines in detail the environmental, social, political, and ethical impacts of the new biotechnologies. It concludes with proposals to control the biotechnology revolution and for sustainable agriculture alternatives that need not depend on genetic engineering.

This book is a timely contribution to one of the most critical controversies of our times, advocating for greater public awareness and adequate social control over a new technology that claims to be near-miraculous but may prove to be disastrous.
Contents
Preface
Introduction

Part 1: Biotechnology: A double-edged sword
Chapter 1: Genetic Engineering: A New Magic Bullet?
Chapter 2: Three Dimensions of Technology

Part 2: Biotechnology Revolution in Agriculture: Environment and Resources Impacts
Chapter 3: Effects of Present Intensive Animal Production
Chapter 4: Why Biotechnology Worsens Adverse Effects of Intensive Animal Production
Chapter 5: Biotechnology's Impact on Other Areas of Agriculture

Part 3: Biotechnology Revolution in Agriculture: Social, Political and Ethical Impacts
Chapter 6: Social and Political Impacts of Biotechnology in Agriculture
Chapter 7: Ideological and Ethical Impacts of Biotechnology in Agriculture

Part 4: Controlling the Biotechnology Revolution
Chapter 8: Legal Activism and Grassroots Opposition
Chapter 9: Sustainable Agriculture: An Alternative to Biotechnology
Chapter 10: Transforming Modern Science and Technology: The Second Scientific Revolution
Chapter 11: Conclusion

List of Abbreviations
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