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The Origins of the Organic Agriculture Debate

This book takes an historical look at two contrasting streams of ideas: the flow of ideas that have created the conditions for modern medicine, modern food production and the biotechnological revolution, and the "vitalist" reaction to the rise of modern science and the resulting rejection of modern agriculture.
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The Origins of the Organic takes an historical look at two contrasting
streams of ideas. The first view comprise the flow of ideas in chemistry
and biology that have created the conditions for modern medicine, modern
food production and the biotechnological revolution. The second view is
the "vitalist" reaction to the rise of modern science and the resulting
rejection of modern agriculture.

Contemporary proponents of "organic" agriculture and the
anti-genetically modified food movement believe that "pure" food confers
some special kind of virtue both on those who produce it and those who
consume it. They fail to acknowledge that organic chemistry, genetics,
and molecular biology have been as essential to twentieth century
advances in agriculture such as plant breeding, and are instrumental to
ensuring that there is enough food for everyone.

We need to better understand the forces of scientific and technological
change if we are to control the negative elements of these forces,
continue to advance the development of science and technology, and
facilitate fuller participation in the benefits of our advancing
capability to further the human endeavor. The Origins of the Organic
will provide a basis for this understanding.

By: T.R DeGregori,

232 pages
2003
Hardbound, ISBN #: 0813805139