Beyond Biotechnology: The Barren Promise of Genetic by Steve Talbott, Craig Holdrege

By Steve Talbott, Craig Holdrege

The Human Genome venture introduced in 2003 that it had effectively mapped the content material of the human DNA Scientists, politicians, theologians, and pundits speculated approximately what might stick with. "Beyond Biotechnology: The Barren Promise of Genetic Engineering" distinguishes among hype and truth, studying the fragile dating among technology and nature. Authors Craig Holdrege and Steve Talbott evaluation the present nation of genetic technological know-how and consider its capability functions, in addition to attainable risks. The authors illustrate how the preferred view of genetics doesn't contain an figuring out of the way genes interact inside organisms, contending that those simplistic perspectives bring about unrealistic expectancies and, finally, unhappiness. Written for lay readers, "Beyond Biotechnology" is an available creation to the advanced global of genetic engineering.

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37 Reducing hunger is seen as “an essential condition for achieving the other goals” and therefore is considered to be the central problem. But the report itself shows clearly that, just as having more to eat can improve, say, education and health, so also improving education and health care can reduce hunger. For example, during the past fifty years the state of Kerala in India has had a strong commitment to the education of women. Ninety percent of women are literate, and girls attend school at least until the age of fourteen.

He was a stickler for excellence and ceremony at the table and insisted on the pure whiteness of rice in sheer, elegant porcelain bowls as a background for light emerald-green vegetables picked at their succulent zenith, golden brown stirfried morsels of duck, pork or fish, and deep red jujube dates. “Come eat rice with me” is the most gracious greeting in Chinese hospitality. In old China, families kept two crocks of rice, Golden Genes and World Hunger • 21 a large one of gleaming, white polished rice for the family, a smaller one of coarse brown rice for seeking one more day of existence.

This multiformity has evolved locally and regionally over long periods. Since the Green Revolution, more and more farmers plant, in addition to land races, high-yielding varieties. The price they pay for this Golden Genes and World Hunger • 23 progress is dependence on irrigation, fertilizers, and herbicides. The use of insecticides has become widespread, although they have been shown to be ineffective (Pingali et al. 1997, chapter 11). ”) The locally evolved land varieties, in contrast, tend to be more drought- and pest-resistant.

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