Home Page Link AgBioWorld Home Page
About AgBioWorld Donations Ag-Biotech News Declaration Supporting Agricultural Biotechnology Ag-biotech Info Experts on Agricultural Biotechnology Contact Links Subscribe to AgBioView Home Page

AgBioView Archives

A daily collection of news and commentaries on
ag-biotech.


Subscribe AgBioView Subscribe

Search AgBioWorld Search

AgBioView Archives

Subscribe

 


SEARCH:     

Date:

July 8, 2008

Subject:

Special Feature: The AgBiotech Bookshelf

 

Special Feature: The AgBiotech Bookshelf

From field trials initiated in the 1980s to millions of hectares of transgenic crops in farmersí fields around the world in 2008, agricultural biotechnology has a twenty-year history of tremendous scientific, agronomic, environmental, economic, and social success. Now is an appropriate time to gather together a list of important published books that chronicle, explain, and document that success.

Compiled for this special edition of AgBioView, with the help of scientists and scholars around the world, the list answers the question: What books should every library have on its shelves for accurate information, worthwhile reference, and insightful understanding about agricultural biotechnology? The list is for anyone who desires to learn--or communicate--about agricultural biotechnology.

No list of this nature could include all those deserving attention, yet be of reasonable length. The works listed here are those considered to have the most fundamental, historical or practical importance.

Included are histories of the scientific and technological developments which comprise agricultural biotechnology, reports documenting and explaining the safety and benefits of of employing this field of science, and treatises which explain it in the context of food production or social commentary. The titles have been ordered chronologically, enabling a quick overview which by itself portrays the evolution of the entire field.

The AgBioWorld Foundation will not receive any income from the sale of any books on this list. If you find this list valuable, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Foundation via http://www.agbioworld.org/donations/index.html

The AgBiotech Book List

The DNA Story: A Documentary History of Gene Cloning, James D. Watson and John Tooze, 1981, 1983, http://www.amazon.com/DNA-Story-Documentary-History-Cloning/dp/0716715902/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215371218&sr=1-1

Recombinant DNA safety considerations: Safety considerations for industrial, agricultural and environmental applications of organisms derived by recombinant DNA techniques ("The Blue Book"), Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), 1986, http://dbtbiosafety.nic.in/guideline/OACD/Recombinant_DNA_safety_considerations.pdf

Agricultural Biotechnology: Strategies for National Competitiveness, Committee on a National Strategy for Biotechnology in Agriculture, [US] National Research Council, 1987, http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=1005

Introduction of Recombinant DNA-Engineered Organisms into the Environment: Key Issues, Committee on the Introduction of Genetically Engineered Organisms into the Environment, [US] National Research Council, l987, (out of print)

Field Testing Genetically Modified Organisms: Framework for Decisions, Committee on Scientific Evaluation of the Introduction of Genetically Modified Microorganisms and Plants into the Environment, [US] National Research Council, 1989, http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=1431

DNA Pioneer: James Watson and the Double Helix, Joyce Baldwin, 1994, http://www.amazon.com/DNA-Pioneer-James-Watson-Double/dp/0802782973/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215371121&sr=1-1

Plants, Genes, and Crop Biotechnology, Martin J. Chrispeels, 1994, 2002, http://www.amazon.com/Plants-Genes-Biotechnology-Martin-Chrispeels/dp/0763715867/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215369489&sr=1-1

Agricultural Biotechnology, Arie Altman, 1997, http://www.amazon.com/Agricultural-Biotechnology-Books-Plants-Environment/dp/0824794397/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215369289&sr=1-1

Feeding the Ten Billion: Plants and Population Growth, Lloyd T. Evans, 1998, http://www.amazon.com/Feeding-Ten-Billion-Plants-Population/dp/0521640814/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215369766&sr=1-1

Methods for Risk Assessment of Transgenic Plants III: Ecological risks and prospects of transgenic plants, where do we go from here?, Klaus Ammann, et. al., eds., 1999, http://www.botanischergarten.ch/Bern/Ammann-etal-Methods-Risk-Assessment-III-1998.pdf

Feeding the World: A Challenge for the Twenty-First Century, Vaclav Smil, 2000, http://www.amazon.com/Feeding-World-Challenge-Twenty-First-Century/dp/0262692716/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215428399&sr=1-1

Pandora's Picnic Basket: The Potential and Hazards of Genetically Modified Foods, Alan McHughen, 2000, http://www.amazon.com/Pandoras-Picnic-Basket-Potential-Genetically/dp/0198506740/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215370722&sr=1-1

Saving the Planet With Pesticides and Plastic: The Environmental Triumph of High-Yield Farming, Dennis T. Avery, 2000, http://www.amazon.com/Saving-Planet-Pesticides-Plastic-Environmental/dp/1558130691/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215369340&sr=1-1

First Fruit: The Creation of the Flavr Savr Tomato and the Birth of Biotech Foods, Belinda Martineau, 2001, http://www.amazon.com/First-Fruit-Creation-Tomato-Biotech/dp/0071360565/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215370660&sr=1-1

From Biotechnology to Genomes: The Meaning of the Double Helix, Philippe Goujon, 2001, http://www.amazon.com/Biotechnology-Genomes-Meaning-Double-Helix/dp/9810243286/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215370280&sr=1-1

The Politics of Precaution: Genetically Modified Crops in Developing Countries, Robert L. Paarlberg, 2001, http://www.amazon.com/Politics-Precaution-Genetically-Developing-International/dp/0801868238/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215428509&sr=1-1

Transducing the Genome: Information, Anarchy, and Revolution in The Biomedical Sciences, Gary Zweiger, 2002, http://www.amazon.com/Transducing-Genome-Information-Revolution-Biomedical/dp/0071387617/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215371266&sr=1-1

Origins of the Organic Agriculture Debate, Thomas R. DeGregori, 2003, http://www.amazon.com/Origins-Organic-Agriculture-Debate-DeGregori/dp/0813805139/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215369634&sr=1-1

The Economic and Environmental Impacts of Agbiotech: A Global Perspective, Nicholas Kalaitzandonakes, 2003, http://www.amazon.com/Economic-Environmental-Impacts-Agbiotech-Perspective/dp/0306475014/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215370528&sr=1-1

The Environment, Our Natural Resources, and Modern Technology, Thomas R. DeGregori, 2003, http://www.amazon.com/Environment-Natural-Resources-Modern-Technology/dp/0813809231/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215369682&sr=1-1

Methods for Risk Assessment of Transgenic Plants IV: Biodiversity and Biotechnology, Klaus Ammann, et. al., eds., 2003, http://www.botanischergarten.ch/EFB/Methods-Risk-Assessment-IV-2003.pdf

Enriching the Earth: Fritz Haber, Carl Bosch, and the Transformation of World Food Production, Vaclav Smil, 2004, http://www.amazon.com/Enriching-Earth-Fritz-Transformation-Production/dp/0262693135/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215385792&sr=1-1

Genetically Modified Planet: Environmental Impacts of Genetically Engineered Plants, C. Neal Stewart, 2004, http://www.amazon.com/Genetically-Modified-Planet-Environmental-Engineered/dp/0195157451/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215369175&sr=1-1

Mendel in the Kitchen: A Scientist's View of Genetically Modified Food, Nina V. Fedoroff and Nancy Marie Brown, 2004, http://www.amazon.com/Mendel-Kitchen-Scientists-Genetically-Modified/dp/030909738X/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215370072&sr=1-1

The Frankenfood Myth: How Protest and Politics Threaten the Biotech Revolution, Henry I. Miller and Gregory Conko, 2004, http://www.amazon.com/Frankenfood-Myth-Politics-Threaten-Revolution/dp/0275978796/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215370778&sr=1-1

Genes for Africa: Genetically Modified Crops in the Developing World, Jennifer A. Thomson, 2004, http://www.amazon.com/Genes-Africa-Genetically-Modified-Developing/dp/1919713573/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215428612&sr=1-1

Liberation Biology: The Scientific And Moral Case For The Biotech Revolution, Ronald Bailey, 2005, http://www.amazon.com/Liberation-Biology-Scientific-Biotech-Revolution/dp/1591022274/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215369387&sr=1-1

Challenging Nature: The Clash of Science and Spirituality at the New Frontiers of Life, Lee M. Silver, 2006, http://www.amazon.com/Challenging-Nature-Science-Spirituality-Frontiers/dp/B0013MR83G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215371007&sr=1-1

The Man Who Fed the World: Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Norman Borlaug and His Battle to End World Hunger, Leon Hesser, 2006, http://www.amazon.com/Man-Who-Fed-World-Laureate/dp/1930754906/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215370475&sr=1-1

Intellectual Property Management in Health and Agricultural Innovation: A Handbook of Best Practices, Anatole Krattinger, et. al., eds., 2007, http://www.iphandbook.org/cd_iso_file/

The March of Unreason: Science, Democracy, and the New Fundamentalism, Dick Taverne, 2007, http://www.amazon.com/March-Unreason-Science-Democracy-Fundamentalism/dp/0199205620/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215371065&sr=1-1

The Public, the Media and Agricultural Biotechnology, Dominique Brossard, James Shanahan, and Clint Nesbitt, 2007, http://www.amazon.com/Public-Media-Agricultural-Biotechnology/dp/1845932048/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215369443&sr=1-1

Seeds for the Future: The Impact of Genetically Modified Crops on the Environment, Jennifer A. Thomson, 2007, http://www.amazon.com/Seeds-Future-Genetically-Modified-Environment/dp/0801473683/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215428612&sr=1-2

Transgenics and the Poor; Biotechnology in Development Studies, R. Herring, 2007, http://www.amazon.com/Transgenics-Poor-Biotechnology-Development-Studies/dp/0415380103/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215370419&sr=1-1

Genetic Glass Ceilings: Transgenics for Crop Biodiversity, Jonathan Gressel, 2008, http://www.amazon.com/Genetic-Glass-Ceilings-Transgenics-Biodiversity/dp/0801887194/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215370324&sr=1-1

Starved for Science: How Biotechnology Is Being Kept Out of Africa, Robert Paarlberg, Norman Borlaug, and Jimmy Carter, 2008, http://www.amazon.com/Starved-Science-Biotechnology-Being-Africa/dp/0674029739/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215370858&sr=1-1

The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It, Paul Collier, 2008, http://www.amazon.com/Bottom-Billion-Poorest-Countries-Failing/dp/0195373383/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215369569&sr=1-1

Tomorrow's Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food, Pamela C. Ronald and R. W. Adamchak, 2008, http://www.amazon.com/Tomorrows-Table-Organic-Farming-Genetics/dp/0195301757/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215370912&sr=1-1

The Unfolding Gene Revolution: The Ideology, Science, and Regulation of Plant Biotechnology, Eufemio T. Rasco, Jr., 2008, http://www.isaaa.org/purchasepublications/itemdescription.asp?ItemType=BOOKS&Control=BK001

Risk: The Science and Politics of Fear, Dan Gardner, 2009 (upcoming), http://www.amazon.com/Risk-Science-Politics-Dan-Gardner/dp/0771032595/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1215370221&sr=1-1

----------------------
*Andrew Apel, guest editor.