Uncertain Peril: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Seeds

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

It's amazing how many people it takes to write a book. For all the help and inspiration I've been given, I am deeply grateful.

This book would not have been possible without two people in particular. Thanks to Ed Ayres, editor emeritus of World Watch Magazine, for his counsel and mentoring. And just when I needed it most, Nancy Schuab came through with kindness and generosity and provided me with a place to finish the book at Tunitas Creek Ranch.

Thanks to Ignacio Chapela for his friendship and remarkable insight into the invisible world. The women in my writers' group are the best; thanks for all the help, cookies, and laughs. Special thanks to Melissa Nelson, whose work with the Cultural Conservancy is close to my heart and whose friendship I treasure. Thanks to Lisa Hamilton for being so very smart and sensible and to Chera Van Burg for her keen insights. Other writers have been my guardian angels, including Chellis Glendinning, who was there from the very beginning. Thanks also to Anne Lamott, who always says the right thing, and to China Galland. And thanks to Mark Dowie for great advice over the years. Thanks very much to Peter Barnes and Mesa Refuge for getting me started, and thanks to my editor at Beacon, Brian Halley, for his vision.

To all those who contributed information or took the time to

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • A Note on the Terminology ix
  • Preface xi
  • Introduction xv
  • The Rise of the Techno-Elites 1
  • One - Trade Secrets 3
  • Two - Trespass 23
  • Three - Political Science 45
  • Four - The Ownership Society 65
  • The Turning Points 85
  • Five - Who Owns Rice? 87
  • Six - The Botany of Scarcity 106
  • Seven - The Botany of Abundance 128
  • A Green Wealth 145
  • Eight - Ripe for Change 147
  • Nine - A Conversation with Corn 163
  • Ten - The Down-Turned Hand 179
  • A Cabinet of Seeds Displayed 193
  • Epilogue - The Seeded Earth 195
  • Acknowledgments 206
  • Sources and Resources 209
  • Index 219
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