Resource Pointer #39
July 3, 1995
For copies of the following resources, please contact
the appropriate publishers or organizations directly.
*Breakfast of Diversity: The Truth About Rain Forest
Destruction, 1995.* John Vandermeer and Ivette Perfecto.
Examination of the diverse and inter-related causes of
rain forest destruction, blending economic, ecological
and political analyses. Argues that peasant and
corporate agricultural practices, local and global
economic conditions, and ecological principles must be
understood and incorporated into any effort to truly
protect rain forests. Uses case studies of
agroecosystems in Latin America and emphasizes the
relevance of these examples to the rest of the world.
180 pp. US$16.95 plus US$4 shipping and handling. Food
First Books, Subterranean Company, Box 160, 265 South
5th Street, Monroe, OR 97456; phone (800) 274-7826; fax
*Resource-poor Farmers and Integrated Pest Management:
The Role of NGOs, 1995.* Allan Hruska. Addresses the
increasing influence of NGOs in agricultural extension
and innovation among resource-poor farmers in Latin
America, and explores how this has occurred and how NGOs
can continue to play an important role. Reviews some of
the major constraints to NGO success, suggests that
governments and donors acknowledge the importance of
NGOs as development partners and offers recommendations
for improving NGO effectiveness. Concludes with summary
of CARE's IPM work in Latin America. 5 pp. No charge.
Departamento de Proteccion Vegetal, Escuela Agricola
Panamericana, Apartado 93, Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
*Some Unacceptable Risks of Risk Assessment, 1995.*
Michael Gregory. Explanation of risk assessment and
critique of its use for protecting health and the
environment. Argues that risk assessment models commonly
favor continued industrial pollution over reduction or
phaseout of contaminants and examines the flaws that
allow this to happen. These include risk assessment
methodology, which assumes that health and ecological
data are sufficiently understood to compare risks, that
estimates based on crude models can be accurate, and
that the probability of cancer is an adequate measure of
danger, among many other problematic assumptions. 8 pp.
No charge. Arizona Toxics Information, P.O. Box 1896,
Bisbee, AZ; phone/fax (520) 432-5374.
*Genetically Engineered Plants: Releases and Impacts on
Less Developed Countries: A Greenpeace Inventory, 1994.*
Isabelle Meister and Dr. Sue Mayer. Investigation of
releases of genetically engineered plants worldwide to
determine implications for the environment and
developing countries. Finds that all major food crops
have been genetically engineered and that there have
been field trials with genetically engineered plants in
at least 18 developed countries and as many as 35
developing countries. Cautions that transnational
corporations may be using Southern countries as testing
grounds for crops designed for Northern markets.
Recommends an international, legally binding protocol
to control genetic engineering and the release of
genetically engineered organisms. 44 pp. No charge.
Greenpeace Switzerland, P.O. Box 276, 8026 Zurich,
Switzerland; phone (41-1) 295 94 94; fax (41-1) 241 38
*Biotechnology and Sustainable Agriculture: A
Bibliography, 1994.* U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Bibliography with key words of papers, magazine articles
and reports dealing with topics related to sustainable
agriculture and biotechnology. Papers cover range of
subjects, including technology, politics, economics,
organic agriculture, intellectual property and
integrated pest management. 32 pp. No charge.
Biotechnology Information Center, National Agricultural
Library, 10301 Baltimore Boulevard, Fourth Floor,
Beltsville, MD 20705; phone (301) 504-5340; fax (301)
504-7098; email email@example.com.
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