Academic journal article NACTA Journal

Agriculture and Modern Technology, A Defense

Academic journal article NACTA Journal

Agriculture and Modern Technology, A Defense

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Agriculture and Modern Technology, A Defense, by Thomas R. Degregori, Iowa State University Press/Ames, 2001, 268 pages, hardcover $54.95

The focus of this comprehensively researched and documented text, developed over ten years, is on technology. Degregori views technology as a natural corollary to humanity. In other words, he believes that humans exist and progress because we have the intelligence and ability to develop and use technology in order to plan and to prevail on earth. Association of the influence and effects of technology on agricultural matters, historically and currently, is a major but not an exclusive theme in his book. Degregori also reviews relevant history, geography, philosophy, science, sociology, biology, policy, animal and plant and human medicine, and environmentalism, among other topics. In fact, I think that the text could appropriately be entitled "Modern Technology and Society". Its inclusiveness reflects the author's thoughtful analysis and summary of his comprehension and perspective on technology. His opinion is clearly stated in the preface and is obvious throughout the text, that is, that well-researched and planned genetics-based technological innovations are wholesomely beneficial to humankind, and that those who think and argue differently are either uninformed or in denial. …

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