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Uncertain Peril: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Seeds Hardcover – 3 Mar 2008

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  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Beacon Press (MA); 1 edition (3 Mar 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807085804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807085806
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 15.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,512,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. B. M. Jones on 17 April 2009
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Very informative and somewhat scary. I find I can refer to it at intervals but do not feel able to take whole chapters all at once.
There is, however, a tendency to overstate repeatedly the catastrophe ahead unless the 11th hour comes and industry and populations alter their ideas.B.J.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
From a Farmers point of view 24 July 2008
By jeff chandler - Published on Amazon.com
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I used to work for Monsanto and thought they were wonderful to work for. i got caught up in their science. as i have got older and switched from conventional to organic farming i have been keenly made aware of just what is going on. Seeing my soil come back to life, diversity in wildlife, beneficial insects and microlife is short of a religous experience. to think i was an addict and they were my dealer!!! what corporations are doing with seeds, chemicals and our freedom to farm is true. Anyone denying this, is either bribed, employed by them, or they own lots of stock and could care less what the agenda is. as our culture transformed from a rural to mostly urban one it's easy to see how most people have tuned out what is going on with their food. what a shame. Claire wrote this book with passion, i read it with passion. God, i wish i could meet her. Claire, thank you for this book, great job.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Required Reading for Educators concerned with the Science, Food & Health 6 Jun 2008
By Dan Desmond - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Uncertain Peril provides a vivid description of the crisis at hand for our food system and the seed source that provides the foundation for all of the ecosystems we depend upon. Claire Cummings describes the crisis in a way that allows for understanding and action, the two ingredients that offer the only solution at hand. The book covers the current socio-political landscape surrounding genetic materials in a fair and factual manner. The book should be on the reading list of all citizens and particularly educators, high school through college, concerned with the interface of science, food, farming and health.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A clarion call to sustain a healthy food legacy 9 July 2010
By Don Maruska - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm struck by how seeds and the preservation of seeds have defined value in cultures through the ages. Bioneers and seeds of change brought this concept back to modern consciousness over a decade ago. What Cummings has done is masterfully and passionately focused awareness on just how fragile our legacy is. Her writing is deeply informative and evocative. The words from the end of the Epilogue continue to captivate me. "Seeds are messengers from the past. They are an embodiment of hope for the future... We can be guided by the way of the seed and by knowing that what we do to seeds, we do to ourselves. One thing is certain: the future of seeds is in our hands."
Bravo, Ms. Cummings!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Our Food Supply Is At Risk - Uncertain Peril Is The Warning 25 Jun 2008
By Thomas W. Wittman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As our western civilization "evolves" our connection with our food supply has diminished to the point where the basic understanding of farming and the processes involved has diminished. One thing we all know despite this is that food comes from seeds. But what if seeds were no longer available or if they were only viable with the purchase of support chemicals? What would happen if the world's food supply were contaminated with a corporate gene that eliminated our ability and right to save seeds? Bob Dylan wrote in one of his apocalyptic songs from the seventies "One day even your home garden will be against the law". This is what is happening in the name of "Feeding the World", the mantra of the corporations bringing us "better living" with genetic engineering. But so far there has not been a genetically engineered crop that has benefited anyone but corporations like Monsanto and Syngenta. Claire has weaved together a compelling call to action and a succinct report of the direction agriculture is heading. I recommend that you arm yourself with this book and prepare to defend.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
very impressive 17 Feb 2008
By R. McCombs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Ms. Cummings has taken a difficult subject and made it very approachable and understandable. Her use of places to describe just how serious are the problems of GMO's brings the subject into everyone's life vividly.
Uncertain Peril should be required reading by every college student and by every politician that wants to leave the earth as a better place for their grandchildren
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