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THE GMO DECEPTION

Sheldon Krimsky, Jeremy Gruber
Hardcover

Price: $24.95

Most of the processed foods on supermarket shelves (75%!) contain genetically engineered ingredients. These foods range from soda to soup, crackers to condiments, and their long-term effects on human health and ecology are still unknown. Public concern has been steadily intensifying. The GMO Deception/em>, the new book from the Council for Responsible Genetics, gathers the best, most thought-provoking essays by the leading scientists, science writers and public health advocates on this subject. They address such questions as:

  • Are GM foods safe and healthy for us?
  • Will GM food solve world hunger?
  • Who controls the power structure of food production?
  • Are GM foods ecologically safe and sustainable?
  • Why is it so difficult to get GM foods labeled in the United States?
  • What kinds of regulations and policies should be instituted?
  • How is seed biodiversity, of lack thereof, affecting developing countries?
  • Should animals be genetically modified for food?
  • How are other countries handling GM crops?

This definitive book encourages us to think about the social, environmental and moral ramifications of where this particular branch of biotechnology is taking us, and what we should do about it.

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NATURE'S FORTUNE

Mark Tercek, Jonathan Adams
Hardcover

Price: $26.99

What is nature worth? The answer to this question, which traditionally has been framed in environmental terms, is revolutionizing the way we do business.

Mark Tercek, the CEO of The Nature Conservancy and a former investment banker, and science writer Jonathan Adams argue that nature is not only the foundation of human well-being, but also the smartest commercial investment any business or government can make. In Nature’s Fortune, they demonstrate that forests, floodplains and oyster reefs (often seen simply as raw materials or obstacles to be cleared in the name of progress) are as important to our future prosperity as technology, law or business innovation.

Who invests in nature, and why? What rates of return can it produce? When is protecting nature a good investment? With stories from the South Pacific to the California coast, from the Andes to the Gulf of Mexico and even to New York City, Nature’s Fortune shows how viewing nature as green infrastructure allows for breakthroughs not only in conservation (protecting water supplies; enhancing the health of fisheries; making cities more sustainable, livable and safe; and dealing with unavoidable climate change), but in economic progress, as well. Organizations obviously depend on the environment for key resources: water, trees and land. But they can also reap substantial commercial benefits in the form of risk mitigation, cost reduction, new investment opportunities, and the protection of assets. Once leaders learn how to account for nature in financial terms, they can incorporate that value into the organization’s decisions and activities, just as habitually as they consider cost, revenue and return on investment.

A must-read for business leaders, CEOs, investors and environmentalists alike, Nature’s Fortune< offers an essential guide to the world’s economic (and environmental) well-being.

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