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Feeding 9 Billion

The contribution of new genetic technologies to global food production

ViewpointsAn authoritative introduction to the scientific, social, environmental, political and legal issues involved in growing and bringing to market crops developed using new genetic technologies – crops which may well contribute to alleviating global hunger, especially in emerging economies. The book’s primary focus is on genetic modification, where these issues are most acute. The book presents arguments for, as well as standard objections to, genetic modification, but the discussion is broad and includes alternative – and sometimes more appropriate – new genetic technologies.

“In a world of plenty, no one, not a single person, should go hungry. But almost a billion still do not have enough to eat. I want to see an end to hunger everywhere within my lifetime.”
Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General

“Imagine all the food mankind has produced over the past 8,000 years. Now consider that we need to produce that same amount again – but in just the next 40 years – if we are to feed our growing and hungry world.”
Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever;
Daniel Servitje, CEO, Grupo Bimbo


1 How to match supply to demand: harnessing plant science for food security
2 Feeding a teeming planet: global population growth, food security and future farming
3 The plant technology toolkit in action: new genetics across the globe
4 Measuring the benefits: the impacts of first-generation genetically modified crops
5 Roadmap for a continent: modern genetics and plant breeding for Africa
6 Untapped riches:molecular breeding to improve orphan crops
7 Many challenges, many opportunities: crop biotechnology and biosafety in Africa
8 Anatomy of success: new genetic technologies in Argentina
9 The necessity of new technologies: China’s experience, yesterday and tomorrow
10 A struggle for recognition: food security in India through genetically modified crops
11 More from less – a lasting solution: genetic improvement and sustainable intensification
12 Little things mean a lot: enhancing nutrition through biofortification
13 The crop that came in from the cold: transforming the cowpea, a staple African orphan crop
14 The sevenfold path to innovation: enabling factors for new agricultural genetics in African countries
15 Winning the obstacle race: regulatory systems for agricultural biotechnology
16 Towards a bio-economy: biotechnology research in the European Union
17 In the eye of the storm: genetically modified crops in Europe, past and future
18 Championing the new technologies: the role of the USA in research and trade
19 A rollercoaster ride: do genetically modified crops have a future in Europe?
20 Getting back on track: industry’s responses to challenges and societal expectations
21 When biotechnology hits the headlines: a challenge for scientists and the media
22 A tale of two paradigms: the environmental movement’s viewpoint
23 Different worlds or common ground: understanding social and ethical issues

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