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Global Food Fight

Summer 2001


From the Hill

DOD, NIH big winners in Bush R&D budget; other agencies face cuts; New rules on medical privacy go into effect; Space station cost overruns jeopardize scientific research; Panel calls for bolstering protection of human subjects in research

Editor’s Journal: What’s Food Got to Do with It?

Kevin Finneran

A host of deeper and broader concerns are the real motivation behind the genetically modified food ruckus.

Redesigning Food Safety

Michael R. Taylor, Sandra A. Hoffmann

Better deployment of the government's food safety resources is essential to minimizing the growing risks from foodborne illnesses.

More than a Food Fight

Julia A. Moore

If the United States and Europe cannot settle their disagreements over agricultural biotechnology, the fallout will extend far beyond the food business.

European Responses to Biotechnology: Research, Regulation, and Dialogue

Patrice Laget, Mark Cantley

Real differences exist between U.S. and European public opinion, but the foundation for a policy convergence is in place.

Patenting Agriculture

John H. Barton, Peter Berger

An intense drive to patent agricultural biotechnologies may hurt those who would benefit most: people in developing countries.

The Wild Card in the Climate Change Debate

Alexander E. MacDonald

The potential for abrupt, drastic climate changes on a regional scale is being underestimated by policymakers.

Needed: A National Center for Biological Invasions

Don C. Schmitz, Daniel Simberloff

A new coordinating body is essential to the success of nonindigenous species prevention and management efforts.

Bush Versus the Defense Establishment?

Ivan Eland

A large dose of presidential courage will be required to effect the drastic changes needed in weapons spending priorities.

Retooling Farm Policy

Katherine R. Smith

Federal programs to help farmers should be realigned so that they effectively advance their stated goals.

Book Review: Western lands

Martin W. Lewis

Plundered Promise: Capitalism, Politics, and the Fate of the Federal Lands
, by 
Richard W. Behan
, and
Plundered Promise: Capitalism, Politics, and the Fate of the Federal Lands
, by 
Richard W. Behan

Book Review: Human spaceflight

Alex Roland

Spacefaring: The Human Dimension
, by 
Albert A. Harrison.

Book Review: Drug use and control

Jonathan P. Caulkins

Forces of Habit: Drugs and the Making of the Modern World
, by 
David T. Courtwright.