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Farmageddon: Food and the Culture of Biotechnology (Anglais) Broché – 13 juillet 1999


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Book by Kneen Brewster


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Scathing Reviews Undeserved-Read This Book! 12 mars 2005
Par Shepherdess Extraordinaire - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Farmageddon doesn't deserve the previous negative reviews. The reviews are so critcal of Kneen's one or two erroneous details about biochemistry, that they can't see the "forest for the trees" and totally miss the spirit of the book. Their attack of the author makes me wonder if they aren't in some way connected to the food industry with the intent to discredit the major premise of the book which challenges the ethics and social benefits of biotechnology. Kneen's premise is no different than those of other activists against the dangers of biotechnology and the multi-national corporations that monopolize it. As an activist for the organic lifestyle and a nurse, I recommend this book. We need more authors like Kneen. This is a battle for public health and the food industry is so ruled by politics and the bottom line of the almighty dollar, that they will do anything to convince us otherwise. The food industry's deceptive tactics are no different from the tobacco industry. Despite what they say to the contrary, neither are interested in the well-being of the public. The more people that read books like this, stay informed, and stand up to the food industry, the better chance our world will have for agricultural and economic sustainability.
12 internautes sur 17 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Good treatment of an important topic, but too much ideology 5 octobre 1999
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Genetic engineering is something that certainly needs to be discussed more. Kneen gathers all kinds of critiques of the technology into one source, making this book very handy. On the other hand, he admits an opposition to biotech in any form, and in fact to much of technology in general, and this bias and one-sided view seems evident within his writing. One may well leave with a false impression that all Monsanto's critics are so close-minded - if you can tune out his rhetoric though, this is certainly recommended as a warning sign against genetic engineering.
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This man has no clue 1 janvier 2002
Par Michael White - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Unfortunately this book attempts to support an important cause with lousy arguments. It appears that the author somehow gained an interest in biotechnology and agriculture while working as a farmer, and that he proceeded to educate himself on the subject by reading mainly polemic works and other watered down, secondary sources. Kneen claims he went to conferences but I have a hard time believing that he understood a thing he heard there. He frequently shows in the book that he doesn't know the difference between a gene, a gene promoter and a protein, or an antibiotic and an antibiotic resistance gene. At one point he confuses a bacteria with the toxin it produces. Although he occasionally quotes reasonably accurate articles, Kneen himself appears to be ignorant of how enigneered genes are transferred to cells. He expresses concern that humans might take up an antibiotic resistance gene by eating enigneered potatoes. We don't integrate DNA from the foods we eat into our own genomes - that would be taking 'you are what you eat' to an extreme! Since he spends so much time attacking genetic engineering, you'd think that the man would have at least learned some basic molecular biology first.
Kneen then goes off the deep end when he takes on Western science as a whole. He frequently tries to criticize 'reductionist science', implying that understanding the chemistry of what goes on inside the cell isn't worth knowing. He approvingly quotes several authors who claim that science is just a male project to uncover the secrets of life that have always been held by women. He claims that all Watson and Crick did to win the Nobel prize for the structure of DNA was to pirate the completed discovery from a woman, Rosalind Franklin. He devotes much of the book attacking basic molecular biology and biotechnology, and actually spends very little time addressing real agricultural issues.
Genetically engineered crops is an important topic that requires serious, informed public debate. Unfortunately the author helps to perpetuate the inaccurate stereotype that environmentalists are uninformed extremists who care more about some fantasy view of the world than they do about truth. You don't support a good cause with bad arguments.
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Skip this one 8 janvier 2003
Par Paul Eckler - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Looking for a complete review of the risks and benefits of genetically engineered agricultural crops? This is not the one. This one is more along the lines of genetic engineered products should be avoided because the author is afraid of them. Something could go wrong. Besides they are not needed. These unconvincing arguments are stretched into 195 pages.
Kneen covers a smattering of the better known genetically engineered crops like the long shelf life tomato, homone enhanced milk production, BT corn, and herbicide resistant soybeans. In most cases he scoffs at or ridicules the efforts of companies to develop these high tech products. His book does not even include a list of all known products. A list of known research projects would also be an obvious inclusion.
Kneen deserves some credit for taking on a complex, technical subject and reducing it to non-technical language for the general public. He includes a glossary of terms and a well done introduction to genetic technology in the appendix. There's an extensive reading list, which hopefully will include works better than his own on this important topic.
In short, this one is shallow, rudamentary, biased, incomplete, and unconvincing. Avoid it.
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