World Food Prospects

Author: Per Pinstrup-Andersen
Size: 14.30 MB
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Prospects for food security; Emerging issues.

Cuidar La T T Ierra

Author: Jorge Riechmann
Publisher: Icaria Editorial
ISBN: 9788474266337
Size: 28.14 MB
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Cultivar, criar ganado, pescar, practicar la acuicultura, comerciar con alimentos o comer son actividades con un alto contenido ético y político: asuntos que no pueden obviar los ciudadanos y ciudadanas responsables del siglo XXI. En estos últimos años, nos hemos ido haciendo cada vez más conscientes -a menudo a golpe de catástrofes como las "vacas locas", de preocupantes procesos como la destrucción del suelo fértil y la pérdida de la biodiversidad, o de grandes debates como los que suscitan los productos transgénicos. Jorge Riechmann (Madrid, 1962), conocido por sus ensayos anteriores sobre nuevos movimientos sociales, partidos verdes, ecosocialismo, ética ecológica o cultivos y alimentos transgénicos -además de autor de una extensa obra poética-, aborda en Cuidar la T(t)ierra la cuestión de como concebir un modelo agroalimentario sustentable para las décadas que vienen. Al final en el capítulo 14 leemos: "El actual sistema de agricultura industrial -que a escala mundial prevalece frente a la agricultura campesina, y se presenta a sí mismo como perfección de progreso- es un disparate en términos sociales, ecológicos, económicos y éticos. Constituye, en cuanto tal, una parte altamente representativa del todo aún más disparatado que constituya la actual sociedad industrial, dentro de la cual se sitúa. Mientras sigamos comiéndonos la Tierra en lugar de comer de la tierra, devorando petróleo en lugar de alimentarnos con la luz del sol, produciendo y extrayendo sin preocuparnos de cerrar los ciclos de materiales, el aceleradísimo declive de la biosfera que impulsamos en la actualidad se agravará sin freno. Es hora de cambiar de rumbo. Este libro querría contribuir a mostrar en qué dirección."

Global Public Goods

Author: Inge Kaul
ISBN: 9781783472994
Size: 22.37 MB
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'"Global public goods" has become one of the most influential concepts in current international relations research. This reader brings together 29 of the most authoritative papers on global public goods of the last years, from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, along with a comprehensive and insightful review article by Kaul, Blondin and Nahtigal. The book is an essential collection for both theorists and practitioners of global governance, covering areas as diverse as financial institutions, security, knowledge, health, areas beyond national jurisdiction, and global environmental change.'- Frank Biermann, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Genetic Engineering In Agriculture

Author: Miguel A. Altieri
Publisher: Food First Books
ISBN: 9780935028935
Size: 32.45 MB
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Looks at the costs and benefits of genetically engineered crops.

Stolen Harvest

Author: Vandana Shiva
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 0813166799
Size: 47.68 MB
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For the farmer, the seed is not merely the source of future plants and food; it is a vehicle through which culture and history can be preserved and spread to future generations. For centuries, farmers have evolved crops and produced an incredible diversity of plants that provide life-sustaining nutrition. In India alone, the ingenuity of farmers has produced over 200,000 varieties of rice, many of which now line store shelves around the world. This productive tradition, however, is under attack as globalized, corporate regimes increasingly exploit intellectual property laws to annex these sustaining seeds and remove them from the public sphere. In Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply, Shiva explores the devastating effects of commercial agriculture and genetic engineering on the food we eat, the farmers who grow it, and the soil that sustains it. This prescient critique and call to action covers some of the most pressing topics of this ongoing dialogue, from the destruction of local food cultures and the privatization of plant life, to unsustainable industrial fish farming and safety concerns about corporately engineered foods. The preeminent agricultural activist and scientist of a generation, Shiva implores the farmers and consumers of the world to make a united stand against the genetically modified crops and untenable farming practices that endanger the seeds and plants that give us life.

Safety Of Genetically Engineered Foods

Author: Committee on Identifying and Assessing Unintended Effects of Genetically Engineered Foods on Human Health
Publisher: National Academies Press
ISBN: 0309092094
Size: 35.27 MB
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Assists policymakers in evaluating the appropriate scientific methods for detecting unintended changes in food and assessing the potential for adverse health effects from genetically modified products. In this book, the committee recommended that greater scrutiny should be given to foods containing new compounds or unusual amounts of naturally occurring substances, regardless of the method used to create them. The book offers a framework to guide federal agencies in selecting the route of safety assessment. It identifies and recommends several pre- and post-market approaches to guide the assessment of unintended compositional changes that could result from genetically modified foods and research avenues to fill the knowledge gaps.

The Structure Of Scientific Revolutions

Author: Thomas S. Kuhn
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226458148
Size: 64.66 MB
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A good book may have the power to change the way we see the world, but a great book actually becomes part of our daily consciousness, pervading our thinking to the point that we take it for granted, and we forget how provocative and challenging its ideas once were—and still are. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions is that kind of book. When it was first published in 1962, it was a landmark event in the history and philosophy of science. Fifty years later, it still has many lessons to teach. With The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Kuhn challenged long-standing linear notions of scientific progress, arguing that transformative ideas don’t arise from the day-to-day, gradual process of experimentation and data accumulation but that the revolutions in science, those breakthrough moments that disrupt accepted thinking and offer unanticipated ideas, occur outside of “normal science,” as he called it. Though Kuhn was writing when physics ruled the sciences, his ideas on how scientific revolutions bring order to the anomalies that amass over time in research experiments are still instructive in our biotech age. This new edition of Kuhn’s essential work in the history of science includes an insightful introduction by Ian Hacking, which clarifies terms popularized by Kuhn, including paradigm and incommensurability, and applies Kuhn’s ideas to the science of today. Usefully keyed to the separate sections of the book, Hacking’s introduction provides important background information as well as a contemporary context. Newly designed, with an expanded index, this edition will be eagerly welcomed by the next generation of readers seeking to understand the history of our perspectives on science.