The Ethics Of Plant Biotechnology

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By maintaining a largely fact-based and scientific perspective throughout the book, Fedoroff furthers her credibility. Plant biotechnology is Fedoroff’s life’s work, earning her a plethora of honors and awards. Thus, it is only natural for her to be more in favor of the pro-plant biotechnology view she argues for in her book. However, Fedoroff maintains a neutral stance for the rest of her book, presenting case studies, addressing both successes and failures of genetic engineering, and responding to myths surrounding genetic engineering. Despite her authority, Fedoroff certainly did her research before writing her book, having a bibliography with works presenting reliable and accurate data that spans thirteen pages. While Fedoroff’s career is founded on the future advancement of plant biotechnology, she carefully addresses both the pros and cons of the rapidly expanding scientific techniques and urges for caution as we proceed forward. Her motivation is to increase awareness of the virtues of plant biotechnology, in spite of some of its failures. Mendel in the Kitchen is a scientifically valid work, featuring many components that separate it from pseudoscience. Fedoroff and Brown, in fact, follow a format that effectively discredits pseudoscientific claims while reaffirming the actual science of genetically modified foods. The initial chapters describe the history of GMOs to establish their current status today. Once this background biology knowledge is established, each
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