By Lisa H. Weasel
More than ten years in the past, the 1st genetically converted meals took their position at the cabinets of yank supermarkets. yet whereas American shoppers remained blissfully unconcerned with the hot items that without notice stuffed their kitchens, Europeans have been even more cautious of those “Frankenfoods.” whilst famine struck Africa in 2002, numerous countries refused shipments of genetically converted meals, fueling an issue that positioned the difficulty at the world's political time table for solid.
In Food Fray, esteemed molecular biologist Dr. Lisa H. Weasel brings readers into the heart of this debate, shooting the real-life reports of the scientists, farmers, policymakers and grassroots activists at the entrance traces. right here she combines reliable clinical wisdom and a gripping narrative to inform the true tale in the back of the headlines and the hype. Seminal and state-of-the-art, foodstuff Fray enlightens and informs and should permit readers to make up their very own minds approximately the most vital matters dealing with us this present day.
“A riveting and hectic fact money, nutrients Fray is an important reminder that it's time to learn, no longer passive. Weasel's is a compelling voice asserting that the will to understand extra approximately GM meals earlier than consuming them and to allay issues approximately defense and environmental affects, isn't in any respect anti-science. It's a decidedly pro-human stance.” --The Miami Herald
“Dr. Weasel masterfully navigates the complex and multi-faceted heritage of the storied GM debate, giving equivalent therapy to some of the facets and eventually entrusting the readers to come back to their very own conclusions. the outcome is needed interpreting for an individual desirous about GM applied sciences, earlier, current and future.”
-- universal floor journal
About the author
Lisa H. Weasel, Ph.D., is a molecular biologist and the recipient of a provide from the nationwide technological know-how beginning to check the problem of genetically changed meals. She is at present a tenured professor of biology at PortlandStateUniversity in Oregon and a member of Governor Ted Kulongoski’s job strength on constructing public coverage for bio-pharmaceutical plants in Oregon. She lives in Portland.
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