Gene Traders: Biotechnology, World Trade, and the Globalization of Hunger

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Toward Freedom presents a new and comprehensive collection of research and essays on biotechnology. Edited by safe food pioneer Brian Tokar, Gene Traders features analysis of biotechnology and its’ effects on food safety, poverty, starvation, and globalization.

Genetically engineered agriculture is spreading around the world due to global trade agreements and the aggressive tactics of international financial institutions, governments, and agribusiness corporations. In this broad and comprehensive survey, seven authors show how the interplay of trade policy, “development” politics and biotechnology increases dependency and hunger, while compromising the survival of traditional farmers and their communities.

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“Read Gene Traders and see with new eyes! Brian Tokar brings us a gold mine of in-depth investigations showing exactly how corporations and global institutions are systematically manipulating governments, farmers and public opinion to gain control over our food supply. Gene Traders provides the detail and insight we need to take part in the global democracy movement to reverse this catastrophe.” – Frances Moore Lappé, author of Diet for a Small Planet and coauthor of Hope’s Edge

“Most people have a gut unease at the prospect of genetically altered food. This book will make it clear why that queasiness is absolutely justified. Clear, concise, well-reported, and appropriately angry, Gene Traders is an important document in a crucial debate.” – Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature and Enough

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About the book and contributors:

Gene Traders opens with a revealing look by editor Brian Tokar at the evolution of the global movement for food sovereignty that has been sparked by genetic engineering.

S’ra DeSantis makes the connections between trade deals like NAFTA and the FTAA, genetically modified corn, and the contamination of Latin American crops.

Aziz Choudry describes how World Trade Organization’s “intellectual property” rules promote monopoly rights and biopiracy.

Brian Tokar examines the World’s Bank promotion of dubious biotech schemes in the name of sustainability and a new “Green Revolution.”

Mwananyanda Mbikusita Lewanika and Lawrence Tsimese report from Africa about Zambia‘s food aid crisis and the continent’s tough choices on food security.

Shiri Pasternak explains how food aid has become food dumping and displaced agricultural communities.

Devinder Sharma deconstructs world hunger and the myths of biotech agriculture “feeding the world.”