Genes for Africa


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    Edition: 1st Edition
  • Format: Soft Cover
  • ISBN: 9781919713571
  • Extent: 197
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  • Category: UCT Press, Developmental Studies

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In Genes for Africa - Genetically Modified Crops in the Developing World, Jennifer Thomson separates fact from fiction and explains why and how GM crops can help us combat poverty, starvation and disease in the developing world, in a safe and responsible way. In the first part of the book the author explains the technology and looks at the differences and similarities between genetic modification, conventional plant breeding, and natural processes such as cross pollination and mutations. There are chapters devoted to controversial issues such as food safety (for GM crops and organically grown food), patents, labelling, regulations and controls, and the author addresses oft-repeated concerns and fears in a question and answer section. The book ends with a focus on Africa and possible future developments in GM technology. Technical terms are explained, and appendices provide additional information on testing for allergens, horizontal gene transfer, and international food safety assessment documents. For those who wish to explore the subject further, the book provides a list of more than 60 web sites dealing with issues related to the GM debate.

 •  Foreword by George Ellis
 •  Foreword by Michael Shelby
 •  Introduction: Genetically modified food: A reasonable approach
 •  Chapter 1: Plant breeding and jumping genes
 •  Chapter 2: What is genetic modification of plants?
 •  Chapter 3: First generation GM crops
 •  Chapter 4: What’s in it for the consumer?
 •  Chapter 5: Cost-benefit analysis – is it worth it?
 •  Chapter 6: GM crops and food safety
 •  Chapter 7: Patent or perish
 •  Chapter 8: The agriculture police
 •  Chapter 9: To label or not to label?
 •  Chapter 10: What’s in it for Africa?
 •  Chapter 11: A look into the future
 •  Appendix I: Testing GM foods for allergens
 •  Appendix II: Horizontal gene transfer
 •  Appendix III: International food safety assessment documents
 •  Appendix IV: Web pages of interest
 •  Index

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In Genes for Africa - Genetically Modified Crops in the Developing World, Jennifer Thomson separates fact from fiction and explains why and how GM crops can help us combat poverty, starvation and disease in the developing world, in a safe and responsible way. In the first part of the book the author explains the technology and looks at the differences and similarities between genetic modification, conventional plant breeding, and natural processes such as cross pollination and mutations. There are chapters devoted to controversial issues such as food safety (for GM crops and organically grown food), patents, labelling, regulations and controls, and the author addresses oft-repeated concerns and fears in a question and answer section. The book ends with a focus on Africa and possible future developments in GM technology. Technical terms are explained, and appendices provide additional information on testing for allergens, horizontal gene transfer, and international food safety assessment documents. For those who wish to explore the subject further, the book provides a list of more than 60 web sites dealing with issues related to the GM debate.

 •  Foreword by George Ellis
 •  Foreword by Michael Shelby
 •  Introduction: Genetically modified food: A reasonable approach
 •  Chapter 1: Plant breeding and jumping genes
 •  Chapter 2: What is genetic modification of plants?
 •  Chapter 3: First generation GM crops
 •  Chapter 4: What’s in it for the consumer?
 •  Chapter 5: Cost-benefit analysis – is it worth it?
 •  Chapter 6: GM crops and food safety
 •  Chapter 7: Patent or perish
 •  Chapter 8: The agriculture police
 •  Chapter 9: To label or not to label?
 •  Chapter 10: What’s in it for Africa?
 •  Chapter 11: A look into the future
 •  Appendix I: Testing GM foods for allergens
 •  Appendix II: Horizontal gene transfer
 •  Appendix III: International food safety assessment documents
 •  Appendix IV: Web pages of interest
 •  Index

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