P A N U P S
Pesticide Action Network
Resource Pointer #81
May 29, 1996
For copies of the following resources, please contact
the appropriate publishers or organizations directly.
*The Ecological Risks of Engineered Crops, 1996.* Jane
Rissler and Margaret Mellon. Reviews biotechnology
research in plants and explains environmental risks,
including that transgenes could spread and increase
virulence of weeds and viruses harmful to agricultural
production. Proposes framework for assessing ecological
risks from transgenic crops and recommends incorporating
assessment into regulatory system. Discusses
relationship between commercial approval of genetically
engineered crops in U.S. and effects on other countries,
especially global centers of diversity. 168 pp.
US$16.95. The MIT Press, Massachusetts Institute of
Technology, Cambridge, MA 02142; phone (617) 625-8569;
fax (617) 625-6660.
*Risky Business: Biotechnology and Agriculture, 1996.*
(Video). Moving Images Video Project. An introduction to
agricultural biotechnology examines its risks and
purported benefits, stressing that governments should
closely regulate biotechnology in order to avoid long-
term harm to public health and environment. Interviews
range of scientists, business-people and activists who
discuss concerns about biotechnology's impacts on
health, environment and sustainable agriculture. 24
minutes. US$35. Moving Images Video Project, 2408 East
Valley Street, Seattle, WA 98112; phone (206) 323-9461;
*Agroecology in Action, 1996.* (Video). Miguel Altieri.
Teaches agroecological principles through interviews
with several Latin American agroecological farmers.
Includes discussions of grape, livestock and small-scale
urban vegetable and dairy production, stressing
importance of interrelationships among crops, animals
and environment. Farmers describe benefits of
agroecological model and obstacles to widespread
adoption of agroecological methods. 45 minutes. US$15.
Miguel Altieri, 1050 San Pablo Avenue, Albany, CA 94706;
phone (510) 642-9802; firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Overcoming Malnutrition: Is there an Ecoregional
Dimension? 1996.* Studies global distribution of poverty
in terms of agroecological zones, and finds correlation
between poverty and ecoregional boundaries. Finds
highest malnutrition rates in warm, semi-arid tropic and
subtropic zones. Provides data of malnutrition, measured
by children's weights, for range of ecoregions in
Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. 19 pp.
International Food Policy Research Institute, 1200 17th
Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-3006; phone (202) 862-
5600; fax (202) 467-4439; email email@example.com.
*Is Anyone Listening? Communicating Development in Donor
Countries, 1996.* Anne Winter. Examines public
perceptions of international development aid in
industrialized countries, discussing role of media, aid
agencies and government in influencing attitudes.
Suggests ways for aid agencies and governments to
communicate importance of international aid without
contributing to negative perceptions of aid recipients.
43 pp. U.N. Non-Governmental Liaison Service, Palais des
Nations, CH-1211, Geneva 10, Switzerland.
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