Mendel in the Kitchen PDF ePub eBook

Books Info:

Mendel in the Kitchen free pdf While European restaurants race to footnote menus, reassuring concerned gourmands that no genetically modified ingredients were used in the preparation of their food, starving populations around the world eagerly await the next harvest of scientifically improved crops. Mendel in the Kitchen provides a clear and balanced picture of this tangled, tricky (and very timely) topic. Any farmer you talk to could tell you that we've been playing with the genetic makeup of our food for millennia, carefully coaxing nature to do our bidding. The practice officially dates back to Gregor Mendel -- who was not a renowned scientist, but a 19th century Augustinian monk. Mendel spent many hours toiling in his garden, testing and cultivating more than 28,000 pea plants, selectively determining very specific characteristics of the peas that were produced, ultimately giving birth to the idea of heredity -- and the now very common practice of artificially modifying our food. But as science takes the helm, steering common field practices into the laboratory, the world is now keenly aware of how adept we have become at tinkering with nature --which in turn has produced a variety of questions. Are genetically modified foods really safe? Will the foods ultimately make us sick, perhaps in ways we can't even imagine? Isn't it genuinely dangerous to change the nature of nature itself? Nina Fedoroff, a leading geneticist and recognized expert in biotechnology, answers these questions, and more. Addressing the fear and mistrust that is rapidly spreading, Federoff and her co-author, science writer Nancy Brown, weave a narrative rich in history, technology, and science to dispel myths and misunderstandings. In the end, Fedoroff arues, plant biotechnology can help us to become better stewards of the earth while permitting us to feed ourselves and generations of children to come. Indeed, this new approach to agriculture holds the promise of being the most environmentally conservative way to increase our food supply.

About Nina V. Fedoroff

Nina V. Fedoroff and Nancy Marie Brown

Details Book

Author : Nina V. Fedoroff
Publisher : National Academies Press
Data Published : 30 September 2004
ISBN : 030909738X
EAN : 9780309097383
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 384 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
Rating :

Reviews Mendel in the Kitchen



17 Comments Add a comment




Related eBooks Download


  • Gregor Mendel free pdfGregor Mendel

    Gregor Mendel explains to children the theory of heredity in simple-to-understand language and examples. Regarded as the world's first geneticist. Gregor Mendel discovered one of the fundamental aspects of genetic science: animals..


  • Food Science and Biotechnology free pdfFood Science and Biotechnology

    This groundbreaking book provides a balanced and organized discussion of the interactions of food science and biotechnology at the molecular and industrial levels. Carefully selected and reviewed contributions stress the aspects of modern bioprocessing..


  • Wild Food: Nature's Harvest free pdfWild Food: Nature's Harvest

    Foods for free. to enjoy fresh. or preserved for cooking with creative recipes all year round. or given as gifts from your kitchen. Wild Food reveals the secrets of how to indentify. pick. preserve and cook the wild foods that grow in our hedgerows..


  • A Movable Feast free pdfA Movable Feast

    This book. based largely on the Cambridge World History of Food. provides a look at the globalization of food from the days of the hunter-gatherers to present-day genetically modified plants and animals..


  • GMO Food free pdfGMO Food

    Providing an exhaustive background on the history of genetically modified organism (GMO) crops and foods as well as the controversies surrounding these products. this book allows readers to develop their own particular viewpoint on the production and use of GMO substances..


  • Mendel in the Kitchen free pdfMendel in the Kitchen

    Books To Download Free. While European restaurants race to footnote menus, reassuring concerned gourmands that no genetically modified ingredients were used in the preparation of their food, starving