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Agricultural and Food Controversies: What Everyone Needs to Know (R)

Agricultural and Food Controversies: What Everyone Needs to Know (R)

In this book agricultural researchers present both sides of heavily debated agricultural and food issues. They answer questions and explain scholarly and scientific research on topics such as organic food, the safety of pesticides, livestock living conditions, the use of antibiot... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780199368433
Barcode 9780199368433
Published 8 January 2015 by Oxford University Press (S3)
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Norwood, F. Bailey
By Calvo-Lorenzo, Michelle S.
By Lancaster, Sarah
By Oltenacu, Pascal A.
Series What Everyone Needs to Know (R)
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ISBN-13 9780199368433
ISBN-10 0199368430
Stock Available
Status Indent title (sourced internationally), usually ships 4-6 weeks post release/order
Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
Imprint Oxford University Press
Publication Date 8 January 2015
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Norwood, F. Bailey
By Calvo-Lorenzo, Michelle S.
By Lancaster, Sarah
By Oltenacu, Pascal A.
Series What Everyone Needs to Know (R)
Category Economics
Agriculture & Related Industries
Food Manufacturing & Related Industries
Agricultural Science
Number of Pages 168
Dimensions Width: 147mm
Height: 211mm
Spine: 17mm
Weight 280g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Agriculture - Moral and ethical aspects, Food - Moral and ethical aspects
NBS Text Industrial Studies: General
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 641.3
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

The public is more interested in agricultural and food issues than ever before, as is evident in the many agricultural controversies debated in the media. Why is it that some people embrace new agricultural technologies while others steadfastly defend traditional farming methods? Why do some prefer to buy food grown around the world while others patronize small, local farmers? In the debates about organic food, genetically modified organisms, and farm animal welfare, it is not always clear what the scientific literature actually says. To understand these controversies, the authors encourage readers to develop first an appreciation for why two equally intelligent and well-intentioned people can form radically different notions about food. Sometimes the disputes are scientific in nature, and sometimes they arise from conflicting ethical views. This book confronts the most controversial issues in agriculture by first explaining the principles of both sides of the debate, and then guiding readers through the scientific literature so that they may form their own educated opinions. Is food safe if the farm used pesticides, or are organic foods truly better for your health? Are chemical fertilizers sustainable, or are we producing cheap food today at the expense of future generations? What foods should we eat to have a smaller carbon footprint? Is genetically-modified food the key to global food security, and does it give corporations too much market power? Is the prevalence of corn throughout the food system the result of farm subsidies? Does buying local food stimulate the local economy? Why are so many farm animals raised indoors, and should antibiotics be given to livestock? These are the issues addressed in Agricultural and Food Controversies: What Everyone Needs to Know. While it doesn't claim to have all the answers, it provides a synthesis of research and popular opinions on both sides of these important issues, allowing readers to decide what they value and believe for themselves.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

All authors are present or former faculty members in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University. Calvo and Oltenacu are animal scientists, Lancaster (now at University of Florida) is a plant scientist, and Norwood is an agricultural economist. The authors reflect a range of backgrounds. One was raised on a family farm in the Midwest, one in effect grew up on the back of a horse in S.C., one was raised in Miami with little exposure to agriculture before college, and another was born in Romania and has gained considerable professional experience in both the U.S. and the European Union. Their commonality is their commitment to helping the public understand agricultural issues through their teaching, research, and writings.

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