Absolutely everyone must eat. Every day each one of us makes decisions about what to eat and what not to eat. Food is the substance that gives us life. So when food is genetically modified, the very core of life changes, and indirectly, we change. Naturalists argue for a return to a simpler life free from the effects of genetically modified food. Global progressives feel scientific knowledge should be used to improve the food supply for the benefit of human life . The heated debate between opposing sides affects both governmental and corporate policies. Our very existence could hang in the balance. In Designer Food, Gregory E. Pence attempts to remove the conceptual rubbish on this newly forming topic. He sifts through the passionate beliefs that both global scientists and organic farmers choose. In searching for a common ground between the opposing views, Pence hopes to sort out the arguments and help create an informed source on this important new issue.
Gregory Pence is a medical ethicist with twenty years of experience reviewing significant cases in bioethics, and is professor in the School of Medicine and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Alabama. Pence has contributed to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and the Journal of the American Medical Association. He is the author of Classical Cases in Medical Ethics: Accounts of the Cases that Shaped Medical Ethics, 3rd edition (2000) and Who's Afraid of Human Cloning? (1998).
Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Organic versus Genetically Modified Food Chapter 3 The Politics of Genetically Modified Food Chapter 4 Four Perspectives on Food Chapter 5 Europe and Mad Cow Disease Chapter 6 Is Genetically Modified Food Safe? Chapter 7 Genetically Modified Crops, Environmental Ethics, and Ecofascism Chapter 8 Why Genetically Enhanced Food Will Help End Starvation Chapter 9 Will Genetically Modified Crops Hurt the Environment? Chapter 10 Six Concluding Reflections Chapter 11 Appendix: Groups Advocating Food Policy Chapter 12 Notes Chapter 13 Index