GM Agriculture and Food Security

Fears and Facts

June 2020
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  • Published
    9th June 2020
  • ISBN 9781786392244
  • Language English
  • Pages 184 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"
October 2019
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  • Published
    25th October 2019
  • ISBN 9781786392213
  • Language English
  • Pages 184 pp.
  • Size 6" x 9"

Efforts to improve food security in the developing world have been hampered due to myths surrounding GM agriculture. This book explores the theory, evidence and rhetoric of the impact of food production on the environment, and the impact of the environment on food production. The chapters address: food security and technology; expertise and opportunism; the promise of technology; the politicization of risk; industrial agriculture; the meaning of 'natural'; the potential of the local food movement; food labelling; genetic diversity in the agro-industrial era; sustainability and chemical application; plant vitality; and future prospects for food security. Each chapter includes a personal introduction from the authors about the issues at hand, followed by a detailed analysis with further references. The book considers the origins of concerns and then examines the evidence around the issues, and the impacts in terms of policy, regulation and agricultural practice. It also:

- Refutes common consumer and environmental organization myths about biotechnology.
- Highlights the importance of food security in both the developing and developed world.
- Provides a pro-science approach to increasing food security.

This book will be of interest to students and researchers in biotechnology, food security and public understanding of science, and also to policy makers, regulators and industry managers.

1: Food Security and Technology: Fear Trumps Hope
2: Expertise and Opportunism: Who Should We Listen To?
3: The Technology Promise: How Can We Feed a World of More Than 9 Billion?
4: The Politicization of Risk: Is It Safe?
5: Industrial Agriculture: Who Is the Real Winner?
6: The Nature of Natural: Whose Preferences Should Dominate?
7: The Local Food Movement: Can We Be Self-Sufficient?
8: Food Labelling: What Do People Want?
9: Genetic Diversity in the Agro-Industrial Era: What Is at Risk?
10: The Sustainability Challenge: Are We Facing a Chemical Armageddon?
11: Plant Vitality: Will ‘Superweeds’ Strangle Our Future?
12: The Future of Food Security: Where to From Here?

Stuart Smyth

Dr. Stuart Smyth is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics at the University of Saskatchewan, where he holds the Industry Research Chair in Agri-Food Innovation. His research focuses on sustainability, agriculture, innovation and food. Dr. Smyth publishes a weekly blog on these topics at: Smyth is part of a large group of scientists at the University of Saskatchewan that received $37 million in 2015 targeted towards designing crops that will improve global food security.

William A. Kerr

William A. Kerr is University Distinguished Professor at the University of Saskatchewan. He has a BA (International Relations) from UBC, an MA (Economics) from Simon Fraser University and a PhD (Economics and Agricultural Economics) from UBC. Prior to joining the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the U of S in 1999 he was a member of the Economics Department at the University of Calgary starting in 1980, and Professor of Economics from 1989. His major area of research is international trade and international commercial policy. He has over 250 academic publications including 25 books. Recent titles include: Handbook on International Trade Policy (2007); A Guide to the Global Business Environment (2014) and Conflict, Chaos and Confusion - The Crisis in the International Trading System (2010).

Peter W. B. Phillips

Peter W. B. Phillips is Distinguished Professor in the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan. He earned his MScEcon and Ph.D. at the LSE and practiced for 13 years as a professional economist and advisor in industry and government. At USask he has held the Van Vliet Research Chair, created and held an NSERC-SSHRC Chair in Managing Technological Change, was a founding member and director of the virtual College of Biotechnology and was founding director of the JSGS. He has had appointments at the LSE, the OECD, the EUI, the University of Edinburgh and the University of Western Australia. He was a founding member of the Canadian Biotechnology Advisory Committee and has been on many company boards, including CAPI, Pharmalytics and Ag West Bio Inc. (which operates a biotech venture fund). He has held >15 peer reviewed grants worth >$200 million and is the author/editor of 13 books, >40 journal articles and >50 book chapters, including Innovation in Agri-food Clusters (CABI 2012).