New books, reports, resources - P A N U P S: Resource Pointer #336 (Biotechnology policy)
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For copies of the following resources, please contact the appropriate publishers or organizations directly.
*The African Consumer, Volume 3 Number 1, 2003 Consumers International. Details highlights from the 2003 World Consumer Rights Day on corporate control of food and genetically engineered crops, and the 2002 African Leaders' Conference on Biotechnology and Food Security. 16 pages. Available for free download at:
*Safe Food: Bacteria, Biotechnology, and Bioterrorism, 2003 Marion Nestle. Investigates the responsibility of biotechnology in the food industry for the growing number and severity of food safety issues including food borne illnesses and bioterrorism. Three examples -- microbial contamination of meats, genetically modified ingredients, and newly emerging hazards -- demonstrate contemporary food safety issues. The political, corporate, and institutional framework surrounding food safety is examined and consumer, government, and food industry action are explored as ways to ensure a safe future for food. 349 pages. US $27.50. Contact University of California Press, California-Princeton Fulfillment Services, 1445 Lower Ferry Road, Ewing, NJ 08618; phone (800) 777-4726; fax (800) 999-1958; email
*Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies About the Genetically Engineered Foods You're Eating, 2003 Jeffrey M. Smith. Includes extensive and varied evidence to support claims that industry marketing and government pressure, rather than science, has resulted in the infiltration of genetically engineered (GE) foods into America's food system and influenced public acceptance. Outlines the history of U.S. policies towards GE foods and compares it with those of other countries. 289 pages. US $17.95. Contact Yes! Books, P.O. Box 469, Fairfield, IA 52566; phone (888) 717-7000; fax (888) 329-7000; email
*The Cartegena Protocol on Biosafety: Reconciling Trade in Biotechnology with Environment and Development, 2002 Christoph Bail, Robert Falkner, and Helen Marquard (editors). Describes, in detail, the Cargtegena Protocol, a framework of international rules to govern biotechnology in the age of globalization and free trade. Discusses the process involved in the creation of protocol and assesses implications for the environment, trade, and development. 578 pages. UK £24.95. Contact Earthscan Publications Ltd., 120 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JN, UK; (44 01 90) 382-8800; fax (44 02 07) 278-1142; email
Genetic Engineering and the Intrinsic Value and Integrity of Animals and Plants, 2002 David Heaf and Johannes Wirz (editors). Identifies the intrinsic value of plants and animals as a largely unconsidered issue at the heart of biotechnology. Outlines the notion of animal and plant value and integrity, and the moral and ethical debate it prompts. Incorporates this discussion into a broader framework of biotechnology science and policy. Proceedings from a workshop held September 18-21, 2002. 116 pages. UK£20. Contact International Forum for Genetic Engineering (Ifgene), Hafan, Cae Llwyd, Llanystumdwy, Gwynedd LL52 0SG, UK; phone (44 01 76) 652-3181; fax (44 01 76) 652-3181; email
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