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Feeding 9 Billion
The contribution of new genetic technologies to global food production

 

An authoritative introduction to the scientific, social, environmental, political and legal issues involved in growing and bringing to market crops developed using new genetic technologies – crops which may well contribute to alleviating global hunger, especially in emerging economies. The book’s primary focus is on genetic modification, where these issues are most acute. The book presents arguments for, as well as standard objections to, genetic modification, but the discussion is broad and includes alternative – and sometimes more appropriate – new genetic technologies.

“In a world of plenty, no one, not a single person, should go hungry. But almost a billion still do not have enough to eat. I want to see an end to hunger everywhere within my lifetime.”
Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General

“Imagine all the food mankind has produced over the past 8,000 years. Now consider that we need to produce that same amount again – but in just the next 40 years – if we are to feed our growing and hungry world.”
Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever;
Daniel Servitje, CEO, Grupo Bimbo

Foreword

Introduction: food production and security – challenges and solutions

SECTION ONE: THE IMPACT OF INNOVATORY PLANT SCIENCE ON FOOD SECURITY

1 How to match supply to demand
Harnessing plant science for food security

2 Feeding a teeming planet
Global population growth, food security and future farming

3 The plant technology toolkit in action
New genetics across the globe

4 Measuring the benefits
The impacts of first-generation genetically modified crops

5 Roadmap for a continent
Modern genetics and plant breeding for Africa

6 Untapped riches
Molecular breeding to improve orphan crops

SECTION ONE: Further reading and useful websites

SECTION TWO: NEW GENETICS IN THE EMERGING WORLD

7 Many challenges, many opportunities
Crop biotechnology and biosafety in Africa

8 Anatomy of success
New genetic technologies in Argentina

9 The necessity of new technologies
China’s experience, yesterday and tomorrow

10 A struggle for recognition
Food security in India through genetically modified crops

11 More from less – a lasting solution
Genetic improvement and sustainable intensification

12 Little things mean a lot
Enhancing nutrition through biofortification

13 The crop that came in from the cold
Transforming the cowpea, a staple African orphan crop

SECTION TWO: Further reading and useful websites

SECTION THREE: POLICY IMPLICATIONS OF THE NEW CROP TECHNOLOGIES

14 The sevenfold path to innovation
Enabling factors for new agricultural genetics in African countries

15 Winning the obstacle race
Regulatory systems for agricultural biotechnology

16 Towards a bio-economy
Biotechnology research in the European Union

17 In the eye of the storm
Genetically modified crops in Europe, past and future

18 Championing the new technologies
The role of the USA in research and trade

SECTION THREE: Further reading and useful websites

SECTION FOUR: SOCIAL, LEGAL, ETHICAL AND POLITICAL ISSUES

19 A rollercoaster ride
Do genetically modified crops have a future in Europe?

20 Getting back on track
Industry’s responses to challenges and societal expectations

21 When biotechnology hits the headlines
A challenge for scientists and the media

22 A tale of two paradigms
The environmental movement’s viewpoint

23 Different worlds or common ground?
Understanding social and ethical issues

SECTION FOUR: Further reading and useful websites

Glossary and Acronyms

FEEDING 9 BILLION
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Printed copies can be ordered through Earthprint: http://www.earthprint.com/
Paperback: £20.00/US$35.00 (+p&p)

Includes a USB card carrying supporting material and interviews with key experts ISBN 978-0-9563387-8-5