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First the Seed
The Political Economy of Plant Biotechnology
Second Edition
Jack Ralph Kloppenburg Jr.

Science and Technology in Society, Daniel Lee Kleinman and Jo Handelsman, Series Editors

"Puts the thorny questions raised in the biotechnology debate into historical perspective."—Deborah Fitzgerald, ISIS

First the Seed spotlights the history of plant breeding and the seed industry, particularly genetically engineered crops. This second edition includes an extensive new chapter on recent controversies.

"Kloppenburg examines the question of whether society will be able to use our enhanced capabilities for manipulating the genetic code to develop and deploy new plant varieties in ways that are economically productive, socially equitable, and ecologically benign."—Eric Roberts, The Times Higher Education Supplement, London

Jack Ralph Kloppenburg Jr. is professor of rural sociology in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin­Madison.

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cover of First the Seed is a muted wheat color with an inset illustration of a farmer carrying a basket in a Grant Wood style

January 2005
272 pp.  6 x 9
14 b/w illus

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ISBN 978-0-299-19244-0
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