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Feb 15, 2000
| ISBN 9780385257893
Mar 27, 2018
| ISBN 9780385691581
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Feb 15, 2000 | ISBN 9780385257893
Mar 27, 2018 | ISBN 9780385691581
Do you know what you’re eating? Do you know what you’re feeding your children? Chances are, the last time you visited the grocery store, you unwittingly purchased foodstuffs that have been genetically altered. That means you’ve become part of a grand, yet alarming experiment on food and humans, being carried out on a global scale by powerful biotech companies. And no one, including the scientists and the governments who are giving them the go-ahead, knows the long-term effects of genetically modified foods.In Unnatural Harvest, Ingeborg Boyens presents the startling implications of a new technology that is quietly revolutionizing the production of food — our most basic component of life — exposing the serious consequences this science poses for the biodiversity of our planet, for animal welfare, and for the health of ourselves and our children.
Advertisers may want us to believe that our food is produced on picturesque farms, but the cold reality is that the plants and animals we consume may be the result of genetic engineering in the laboratories of multinational corporations.Biotechnology brings with it implications for human and animal health, the threat of environmental damage, a possible redefining of our global food system and a Pandora’s box of ethical questions. But the consuming public remains virtually unaware of the genetic alterations of their food and what that may hold in store.Thoroughly researched and accessibly written, Unnatural Harvest holds nothing back in telling us how the food we now serve ourselves and our children may be altered and why we should be very concerned.
Ingeborg Boyens has worked for newspapers and magazines across the country, and currently produces documentaries on food and agricultural issues for CBC Television. She lives in Winnipeg.
"An important book for anyone who cares about what they eat and the future of the planet." — Quill & Quire"An excellent introduction to the use of biotechnology, or genetic engineering, in food production … Boyens manages always to present the material deftly and compellingly." — The Georgia Straight
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