Resource Pointer #58
November 28, 1994
For copies of the following resources, please contact the
appropriate publishers or organizations directly.
*Biopolitics: A Feminist and Ecological Reader on
Biotechnology, 1995.* Vandana Shiva and Ingunn Moser, eds.
Compilation of feminist and environmentalist critiques of
biotechnology. Discusses biotechnology's relationship to
political power, science, ecology, ethics, patents and
sustainable agriculture, and explores biotechnology's role in
North-South relations. Examines implications and likely
outcomes of international community acceptance of
biotechnology as "wonder cure" for global environmental and
developmental crisis. 294 pp. Zed Books Ltd, 7 Cynthia
Street, London, N1 9JF, England; 165 First Avenue, Atlantic
Highlands, NJ 07716, U.S.; or Third World Network 228
Macalister Road, 10400 Penang, Malaysia; fax (604) 226-4505;
phone (604) 229-3511; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Biotechnology and Development Monitor, No.24, September
1995.* Quarterly periodical of worldwide biotechnology news.
September issue focuses on biotechnology in United States,
including articles on regulation, government policies, U.S.
Agency for International Development (USAID) programs, public
attitudes toward genetically engineered products and
corporate strategies. Documents state of U.S. biotechnology
markets, identifying number and size of companies, quantity
spent on research and development and agriculture's share of
biotechnology market. Subscription: no charge. Biotechnology
and Development Monitor, University of Amsterdam Department
of Political Science, Oudezijds Achterburgwal 237, 1012 DL,
Amsterdam, The Netherlands; phone (31) 20 525 2177; fax (31)
20 525 2086; email email@example.com.
*Biosafety Regulations: A Critique of Existing Documents,
1995.* E. Ingham and M. Holmes. Examines effectiveness of
international biosafety guidelines in assessing and
minimizing risks posed by genetically engineered organisms.
Argues that existing guidelines do not adequately define
assessment protocols, and that such protocols should require
evaluation of ecosystem-wide effects from introduction of
genetically engineered organisms. 27 pp. US$1. The Edmonds
Institute, 20319-92nd Avenue West, Edmonds, WA 98020; phone
(206)775-5383; fax (206)670-8410; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Biosafety Regulation: Why We Need It, 1995.* E. Ingham.
Overview of biotechnology developments and hazards in lay
terms, stressing need for biosafety protocol that includes
comprehensive evaluation of ecological impacts. 11 pp.
US$0.50. The Edmonds Institute, 20319-92nd Avenue West,
Edmonds, WA 98020; phone (206)775-5383; fax (206)670-8410;
*The Report of UNEP Expert Panel IV Two Years Later: Analysis
and Critique, 1995.* Michael Lane and Richard Schweiger.
Examines 1993 report of UNEP Expert Panel IV, a committee of
experts formed to consider creation of international
biosafety protocols. Provides overview of transgenic
developments and discusses scientific, political and economic
needs for biosafety protocol. 25 pp. No charge to NGOs.
Community Nutrition Institute, 910 17th Street, NW, Suite
413, Washington, DC 20006; phone (202) 776-0595; fax (202)
776-0599; email email@example.com.
*Ecological Risks of Cultivating Transgenic Plants, 1995.*
Dr. Allison Snow and Pedro Moran-Palma. Summarizes types of
transgenic plants and plant traits soon to be commercially
grown in U.S., identifies ecological risks associated with
widespread commercialization and describes areas requiring
further research. Recommends future research needs, including
identifying wild relatives of cultivated plants that could
inherit transgenes and assessing effects of plant-produced
pesticides on nontarget organisms. 52 pp. US$5. Order from
PANNA (see below). Questions or comments, contact Dr. Allison
Snow, Department of Plant Biology, Ohio State University,
1735 Neil Avenue, Columbus, OH 43214; phone (614) 292-3445;
fax (614) 292-6345; email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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