First the Seed: The Political Economy of Plant Biotechnology

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Univ of Wisconsin Press, Apr 26, 2005 - Science - 468 pages
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First the Seed spotlights the history of plant breeding and shows how efforts to control the seed have shaped the emergence of the agricultural biotechnology industry. This second edition of a classic work in the political economy of science includes an extensive, new chapter updating the analysis to include the most recent developments in the struggle over the direction of crop genetic engineering.

1988 Cloth, 1990 Paperback, Cambridge University Press
Winner of the Theodore Saloutos Award of the Agricultural History Society
Winner of the Robert K. Merton Award of the American Sociological Association
 

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Contents

2 Science agriculture and social change
19
3 The genetic foundation of American agriculture
50
plant breeding comes of age
66
5 Heterosis and the social division of labor
91
historical perspective
130
7 Seeds of strugle plant genetic resources in teh world system
152
biotechnology botany and business
191
9 Directions for deployment
242
10 Conclusion
278
plant biotechnology in the twentyfirst century
291
Notes
355
References
379
Index
421
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Jack Ralph Kloppenburg Jr. is professor of rural sociology in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

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