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Biotechnology for food and nutritional security

  • Author(s): Vibha Dhawan
  • Size: 140 mm x 220 mm
  • Pages: 294
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Weight: 400 gms
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9788179930564
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    Rs.425.00 / US $30.00

  • Special Price: Rs. 367.00 / US $27.00

Book Details

Post Johannesburg, as global focus intensifies on the imperative of addressing hunger as the most extreme and unacceptable manifestation of poverty, the issue of ?food security? has also embraced concerns over ?nutritional security?. However, with half of the world?s population not being able to manage two square meals a day ? and especially when the land area that we have for agriculture is never going to increase ? isn?t it a Utopian dream to think of achieving food security for all?

Scientists argue that the answer lies in promoting ?biotechnology? in food production: coupling the farmers? inherent and pragmatic knowledge of crop characteristics with the capability of scientists to engineer these products. On the other hand, the larger public concerns are that of food safety; human health; long-term impact on the environment; and, to a certain extent, ethics. Does biotechnology actually hold an answer? Or, is it too premature to rest our hope on biotechnology, especially when regulatory systems in developing countries are still in the stage of infancy? The book encapsulates the multi-layered debate, accommodating perspectives from all possible stakeholders: scientists; academics; policy-makers; regulators; media persons; politicians; and, more importantly, representatives of the farming community.

Table of Contents

    Foreword

    Preface

    INITIATIVES FOR ENSURING FOOD AND NUTRITIONAL SECURITY
      Biotechnology: fighting hunger and poverty
    R B Singh
      The Agricultural Biotechnology Support Project
    Karim Maredia, Johan Brink, Andrea Johanson, Melba Lacey, and Sue Gibbons
      USAID’s initiatives for developing countries
    Jossette Lewis

    OVERCOMING NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCY
      Elimination of vitamin A deficiency: an inter-sectoral approach
    Indira Chakravarty
      National nutrition policy and intervention programmes
    Shashi Prabha Gupta
      Wide prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in North India
    N Kochupillai and C V Hari Narayan
      Supplementation and food fortification: public–private linkages
    Ninad Chikhalikar

    GENETIC ENGINEERING FOR NUTRITIONAL ENHANCEMENT
      Nutritional improvement of potato
    Asis Dutta
      Challenges in safety assessment of bioengineered foods in relation to human health
    P K Seth

    GOLDEN MUSTARD: INTERVENTION PLAN AND STRATEGIES
      Development of

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